Southend United 2, Burton Albion 2 (Burton Albion win 3-2 on aggregate)

Southend United 2, Burton Albion 2 (Burton Albion win 3-2 on aggregate)

Southend United 2, Burton Albion 2 (Burton Albion win 3-2 on aggregate)

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SOUTHEND United’s dreams of promotion were shattered by Burton Albion in an enthralling encounter at Roots Hall this afternoon.

Trailing 1-0 from the first leg of the play-off semi-final, the Shrimpers conceded the opening goal of the second leg before working their back level on aggregate with goals from Ryan Leonard and Anthony Straker.

However, Blues were unable to build on that momentum in the second half and a clinical close range finish Adam McGurk ensured it was the Brewers who went through to Wembley for a final against Fleetwood Town.

With Southend looking to get back level in the tie in the opening exchanges, Barry Corr headed a right wing cross from Will Atkinson straight at Burton goalkeeper Dean Lyness before the visiting shot-stopper did well to tip over a well struck long range shot from Kevan Hurst.

But, with 21 minutes on the clock, the Brewers took the lead to double their advantage on aggregate when Chris Hussey’s inswinging free-kick from the right hand side picked out an unmarked Dean Holness who sent a close range header crashing in to the back of the net.

Blues attempted to hit back with Corr having a low 12 yard shot smothered by Lyness but they did not have long to wait for a leveller as player of the season Leonard bagged a stunning equaliser in the 32nd minute, sending a well struck volley – from just inside the penalty area – flying in to the North Bank net.

Things soon got even better for the Shrimpers as they took the lead just seven minutes later when Michael Timlin’s deep, left wing cross was headed home at the far post by the recalled Straker.

Burton soon hit back and wasted a decent chance to score just before the break when Callum McFadzean volleyed over from 14 yards.

At the start of the second half, Leonard showed great speed to burst in to the left hand side of the penalty area before seeing his effort, from a narrow angle, parried to safety by Lyness.

But Burton then also came close to scoring when a brilliant last ditch challenge from Ben Coker diverted a low shot from McGurk wide of the left post.

However, the Brewers soon began to get back in to the game and worked their way back on to the score-sheet in the 69th minute, with McGurk on target.

The goal again came from a set piece as another Hussey free-kick from the right hand side broke to McGurk inside the penalty area and the striker made no mistake with an assured close range finish from 10 yards.

Blues, who had earlier brought Conor Clifford on for Timlin, responded by bringing on both Freddy Eastwood and Jack Payne in quick succession.

But the Shrimpers’ only real chance came deep in to the six minutes of added on time when Leonard fired wide of the left post from 14 yards.

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3:00pm Sat 17 May 14

eurodoomed says...

Never got going in the second half and overall not enough firepower or pace up front. Cannot argue with the result overall as yet again in the big matches, team didn't turn up. Play-offs 2 years ago,JPT last year and now this. Fans deserve better. Needs to be clear out and I fear that Bentley and Leonard will
Leave for bigger clubs.
Never got going in the second half and overall not enough firepower or pace up front. Cannot argue with the result overall as yet again in the big matches, team didn't turn up. Play-offs 2 years ago,JPT last year and now this. Fans deserve better. Needs to be clear out and I fear that Bentley and Leonard will Leave for bigger clubs. eurodoomed
  • Score: 1

3:43pm Sat 17 May 14

Colin C White says...

Devastated! Our only tactics seemed to be to hit Barry Corr at every opportunity. Burton manager sorted that and their tactics for 2nd half and we had no plan B. No faulting the effort but 3 or 4 did not get in the game after half time. Hope Fleetwood win now -the Burton heating time wasting tactics at every opportunity from the first minute were outrageous - whether at throw ins, free kicks, corners or feigning injury! Thought the ref got conned and I did not think that the two free kicks from which they scored were free kicks, I may be proven wrong from TV replays, but we should have defended them better anyway.
Devastated! Our only tactics seemed to be to hit Barry Corr at every opportunity. Burton manager sorted that and their tactics for 2nd half and we had no plan B. No faulting the effort but 3 or 4 did not get in the game after half time. Hope Fleetwood win now -the Burton heating time wasting tactics at every opportunity from the first minute were outrageous - whether at throw ins, free kicks, corners or feigning injury! Thought the ref got conned and I did not think that the two free kicks from which they scored were free kicks, I may be proven wrong from TV replays, but we should have defended them better anyway. Colin C White
  • Score: 2

3:50pm Sat 17 May 14

beaulocks says...

Phil brown should be sacked and barred from the entire southend borough.

What was he thinking?

Clown
Phil brown should be sacked and barred from the entire southend borough. What was he thinking? Clown beaulocks
  • Score: -12

4:47pm Sat 17 May 14

orsettblue says...

beaulocks wrote:
Phil brown should be sacked and barred from the entire southend borough.

What was he thinking?

Clown
Muppet of a comment.

We didn't show up second half really, Leonard should have scored (or squared) his chance at the start of the 2nd half then buried the one at the very end.

That said, we have Cliff Richard-like penetration up front; any manager can read a long ball to Corr - who loses it or flicks it on to nobody.

Who do we have (our own) - Coker, White OK, Leonard, Hurst v good, that's about it.

Next year? keep the above but let Corr, Straker, Timlin go and sadly Eastwood - how can we justify a player who can play for 20 minutes. Legend though.

Very disappointed - could have beaten these boys (agree with other comments, Burton do not paly football and time-waste) but poor defending on all 3 goals.

ruined the weekend.
[quote][p][bold]beaulocks[/bold] wrote: Phil brown should be sacked and barred from the entire southend borough. What was he thinking? Clown[/p][/quote]Muppet of a comment. We didn't show up second half really, Leonard should have scored (or squared) his chance at the start of the 2nd half then buried the one at the very end. That said, we have Cliff Richard-like penetration up front; any manager can read a long ball to Corr - who loses it or flicks it on to nobody. Who do we have (our own) - Coker, White OK, Leonard, Hurst v good, that's about it. Next year? keep the above but let Corr, Straker, Timlin go and sadly Eastwood - how can we justify a player who can play for 20 minutes. Legend though. Very disappointed - could have beaten these boys (agree with other comments, Burton do not paly football and time-waste) but poor defending on all 3 goals. ruined the weekend. orsettblue
  • Score: 2

6:33pm Sat 17 May 14

gary 51 says...

Tactics totally wrong today, back four looked nervous, Barry Corr on his own, midfield not picking up 50/50 balls.I agree second half we looked jaded and perhaps used up a lot of energy in the first half getting back into the game, unfortunately subs we have are not game changers.
Have to say the worst team is going to the final and let's hope Fleetwood stuff the Brewers
Tactics totally wrong today, back four looked nervous, Barry Corr on his own, midfield not picking up 50/50 balls.I agree second half we looked jaded and perhaps used up a lot of energy in the first half getting back into the game, unfortunately subs we have are not game changers. Have to say the worst team is going to the final and let's hope Fleetwood stuff the Brewers gary 51
  • Score: 2

6:37pm Sat 17 May 14

SUFC1906 says...

Disappointing but no real surprise. You can"t start the season with a transfer embargo lasting months and expect to challenge across a league season and have enough to quality to play the number of games including FA Cup, JPT etc as well. Too one dimensional and Brown took 2 months, Jan and Feb to realise that no pace up front was the reality. Barry Corr was the only one of the 3 listed strikers likely to score any goals which left an over reliance on midfield to get goals. Must have the most costly managerial set up in league 2 with a manager, assistant manager and 1st team coach. if the proposed league 3 premier set up comes in then relying on a revolving door on loanees won't be an option. will Brown stay on or leave?
Disappointing but no real surprise. You can"t start the season with a transfer embargo lasting months and expect to challenge across a league season and have enough to quality to play the number of games including FA Cup, JPT etc as well. Too one dimensional and Brown took 2 months, Jan and Feb to realise that no pace up front was the reality. Barry Corr was the only one of the 3 listed strikers likely to score any goals which left an over reliance on midfield to get goals. Must have the most costly managerial set up in league 2 with a manager, assistant manager and 1st team coach. if the proposed league 3 premier set up comes in then relying on a revolving door on loanees won't be an option. will Brown stay on or leave? SUFC1906
  • Score: 2

7:06pm Sat 17 May 14

beaulocks says...

orsettblue wrote:
beaulocks wrote:
Phil brown should be sacked and barred from the entire southend borough.

What was he thinking?

Clown
Muppet of a comment.

We didn't show up second half really, Leonard should have scored (or squared) his chance at the start of the 2nd half then buried the one at the very end.

That said, we have Cliff Richard-like penetration up front; any manager can read a long ball to Corr - who loses it or flicks it on to nobody.

Who do we have (our own) - Coker, White OK, Leonard, Hurst v good, that's about it.

Next year? keep the above but let Corr, Straker, Timlin go and sadly Eastwood - how can we justify a player who can play for 20 minutes. Legend though.

Very disappointed - could have beaten these boys (agree with other comments, Burton do not paly football and time-waste) but poor defending on all 3 goals.

ruined the weekend.
Grays are nearer to you. Pi55 off and comment on there games.

Football has changed a lot since you were a kid, so too have airplanes.
[quote][p][bold]orsettblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]beaulocks[/bold] wrote: Phil brown should be sacked and barred from the entire southend borough. What was he thinking? Clown[/p][/quote]Muppet of a comment. We didn't show up second half really, Leonard should have scored (or squared) his chance at the start of the 2nd half then buried the one at the very end. That said, we have Cliff Richard-like penetration up front; any manager can read a long ball to Corr - who loses it or flicks it on to nobody. Who do we have (our own) - Coker, White OK, Leonard, Hurst v good, that's about it. Next year? keep the above but let Corr, Straker, Timlin go and sadly Eastwood - how can we justify a player who can play for 20 minutes. Legend though. Very disappointed - could have beaten these boys (agree with other comments, Burton do not paly football and time-waste) but poor defending on all 3 goals. ruined the weekend.[/p][/quote]Grays are nearer to you. Pi55 off and comment on there games. Football has changed a lot since you were a kid, so too have airplanes. beaulocks
  • Score: -4

10:20pm Sat 17 May 14

linton68 says...

Hard to take in this result, travelled down from Colchester to cheer on southend, hoping to renew old rivalries in Lg 1 next term. Southend have double the fanbase of Colchester, and should not be stewing in the dreadful Lg 2 basement. Seems to me you should try to hang on to manager Phill Brown, he' the only good thing you have at the club just now.
Hard to take in this result, travelled down from Colchester to cheer on southend, hoping to renew old rivalries in Lg 1 next term. Southend have double the fanbase of Colchester, and should not be stewing in the dreadful Lg 2 basement. Seems to me you should try to hang on to manager Phill Brown, he' the only good thing you have at the club just now. linton68
  • Score: 1

10:51pm Sat 17 May 14

chillyfeet says...

They did their best but just not good enough,to get them out of this division. Its been the same all season, never having the players to put a game to bed.
No strikers who try for the entire game apart from Corr who needs support .Eastwood is long past it, a shame but he is past it. Supporters need to admit it, he has to be let go.
Why in most games does Brown take Timlin off as he is the only player who fights for the ball regardless?
Keep Phil but he needs to rebuild if Ron lets him.

There is always next season. Come on you Blues
They did their best but just not good enough,to get them out of this division. Its been the same all season, never having the players to put a game to bed. No strikers who try for the entire game apart from Corr who needs support .Eastwood is long past it, a shame but he is past it. Supporters need to admit it, he has to be let go. Why in most games does Brown take Timlin off as he is the only player who fights for the ball regardless? Keep Phil but he needs to rebuild if Ron lets him. There is always next season. Come on you Blues chillyfeet
  • Score: 1

6:26am Sun 18 May 14

beaulocks says...

chillyfeet wrote:
They did their best but just not good enough,to get them out of this division. Its been the same all season, never having the players to put a game to bed.
No strikers who try for the entire game apart from Corr who needs support .Eastwood is long past it, a shame but he is past it. Supporters need to admit it, he has to be let go.
Why in most games does Brown take Timlin off as he is the only player who fights for the ball regardless?
Keep Phil but he needs to rebuild if Ron lets him.

There is always next season. Come on you Blues
I disagree


Sack him, the sooner the better.
[quote][p][bold]chillyfeet[/bold] wrote: They did their best but just not good enough,to get them out of this division. Its been the same all season, never having the players to put a game to bed. No strikers who try for the entire game apart from Corr who needs support .Eastwood is long past it, a shame but he is past it. Supporters need to admit it, he has to be let go. Why in most games does Brown take Timlin off as he is the only player who fights for the ball regardless? Keep Phil but he needs to rebuild if Ron lets him. There is always next season. Come on you Blues[/p][/quote]I disagree Sack him, the sooner the better. beaulocks
  • Score: 1

7:36am Sun 18 May 14

OldFairfaxian says...

Beaulocks is well named. Because that's what he talks most of the time.
Beaulocks is well named. Because that's what he talks most of the time. OldFairfaxian
  • Score: 7

8:18am Sun 18 May 14

Sam Carpenter says...

beaulocks wrote:
chillyfeet wrote:
They did their best but just not good enough,to get them out of this division. Its been the same all season, never having the players to put a game to bed.
No strikers who try for the entire game apart from Corr who needs support .Eastwood is long past it, a shame but he is past it. Supporters need to admit it, he has to be let go.
Why in most games does Brown take Timlin off as he is the only player who fights for the ball regardless?
Keep Phil but he needs to rebuild if Ron lets him.

There is always next season. Come on you Blues
I disagree


Sack him, the sooner the better.
It's so sweet that Mummy lets you use the computer, but I do wish she'd keep an eye on you so you don't make a fool of yourself so frequently.
[quote][p][bold]beaulocks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chillyfeet[/bold] wrote: They did their best but just not good enough,to get them out of this division. Its been the same all season, never having the players to put a game to bed. No strikers who try for the entire game apart from Corr who needs support .Eastwood is long past it, a shame but he is past it. Supporters need to admit it, he has to be let go. Why in most games does Brown take Timlin off as he is the only player who fights for the ball regardless? Keep Phil but he needs to rebuild if Ron lets him. There is always next season. Come on you Blues[/p][/quote]I disagree Sack him, the sooner the better.[/p][/quote]It's so sweet that Mummy lets you use the computer, but I do wish she'd keep an eye on you so you don't make a fool of yourself so frequently. Sam Carpenter
  • Score: 2

2:56pm Sun 18 May 14

holman says...

At least the new stadium will be getting started any day soon, as promised, so there is something to look forward to !
At least the new stadium will be getting started any day soon, as promised, so there is something to look forward to ! holman
  • Score: -2

4:32pm Sun 18 May 14

southend loser says...

No real surprise,did well to get to play offs.
Sadly too many journeymen now playing in leagues 1 and 2.
Just do not know what to say about next year maybe Brown will move on maybe not.
You can only do the best you can with what you have,the likes of Manchester city brought the premier league title and sadly BIG money is killing all sport.
One good point the players that stay will get a few weeks labouring on the supposed construction of the new ground.
Keep on supporting,and also keep commenting even if others dis agree
No real surprise,did well to get to play offs. Sadly too many journeymen now playing in leagues 1 and 2. Just do not know what to say about next year maybe Brown will move on maybe not. You can only do the best you can with what you have,the likes of Manchester city brought the premier league title and sadly BIG money is killing all sport. One good point the players that stay will get a few weeks labouring on the supposed construction of the new ground. Keep on supporting,and also keep commenting even if others dis agree southend loser
  • Score: 0

4:48pm Sun 18 May 14

Nelly99 says...

holman wrote:
At least the new stadium will be getting started any day soon, as promised, so there is something to look forward to !
Will it though or are you being ironic? Fossetts Farm seems like a mirage. I wanted them to win and get some money in but to go up just to come down again next season is not worth it. Also agree with Southend loser about big money spoiling the top tier. As a West Ham fan we are never going to be higher than 8th or 9th so you are doomed before the season even starts It is no good fining City, they have so much money it won't make any difference. They need to be forced to have many home grown players not just keep buying everyone.
[quote][p][bold]holman[/bold] wrote: At least the new stadium will be getting started any day soon, as promised, so there is something to look forward to ![/p][/quote]Will it though or are you being ironic? Fossetts Farm seems like a mirage. I wanted them to win and get some money in but to go up just to come down again next season is not worth it. Also agree with Southend loser about big money spoiling the top tier. As a West Ham fan we are never going to be higher than 8th or 9th so you are doomed before the season even starts It is no good fining City, they have so much money it won't make any difference. They need to be forced to have many home grown players not just keep buying everyone. Nelly99
  • Score: 2

6:49pm Sun 18 May 14

chillyfeet says...

holman wrote:
At least the new stadium will be getting started any day soon, as promised, so there is something to look forward to !
You must be living in Cuckoo land, I will believe it when I see it, Not when Ron Promises it.
[quote][p][bold]holman[/bold] wrote: At least the new stadium will be getting started any day soon, as promised, so there is something to look forward to ![/p][/quote]You must be living in Cuckoo land, I will believe it when I see it, Not when Ron Promises it. chillyfeet
  • Score: 2

11:31am Mon 19 May 14

TheEssexWay says...

Why oh why do we always do the same thing, every time we take the lead we sit back and let the other team come at us and yet again we paid the price as they scored as always! When will we learn? To be honest if we had got promoted we would have only come straight down again with the current squad we have. Too many "Not good enough" players. And what on earth Phil Brown was doing bringing on Jack Payne when we needed to score a goal is beyond me, the only time he got a shot in, he hit it straight at the keeper, when anyone else would have probably scored.

Tactics wrong! Hoofing the ball up to Barry Corr for him to flick it on to nobody, cos there never is anyone else upfront in the box? It's good to see us playing a passing game, but not taking it along the flanks, then back to midfield, across to the other side, down the other flank and then losing it, this happens far too often!

Jack Payne - Not good enough
Conor Clifford - Not good enough
Freddy Eastwood - Not good enough

And what has happened to the so called prodigy, otherwise known as Bedsente Gomis who hasn't been seen?

Too much panic buying just for the sake of it. We need 2 new strikers (I would love someone like Adam McGurk, who gets stuck in and scores goals!).

I hope we get to secure John Egan now Sunderland have released him as Adam Thompson, along with Julian Bennett (When he is eventually fit and if we keep him!) are good players. Luke Prosser I will reserve judgement on him, as it is since he has been injured and we brought in Egan & Sokolik, we have not been conceding so many goals.

Anyway, back to the drawing board and probably the same old next season, with fools like me paying to go and watch them every week.

Up the Blues!
Why oh why do we always do the same thing, every time we take the lead we sit back and let the other team come at us and yet again we paid the price as they scored as always! When will we learn? To be honest if we had got promoted we would have only come straight down again with the current squad we have. Too many "Not good enough" players. And what on earth Phil Brown was doing bringing on Jack Payne when we needed to score a goal is beyond me, the only time he got a shot in, he hit it straight at the keeper, when anyone else would have probably scored. Tactics wrong! Hoofing the ball up to Barry Corr for him to flick it on to nobody, cos there never is anyone else upfront in the box? It's good to see us playing a passing game, but not taking it along the flanks, then back to midfield, across to the other side, down the other flank and then losing it, this happens far too often! Jack Payne - Not good enough Conor Clifford - Not good enough Freddy Eastwood - Not good enough And what has happened to the so called prodigy, otherwise known as Bedsente Gomis who hasn't been seen? Too much panic buying just for the sake of it. We need 2 new strikers (I would love someone like Adam McGurk, who gets stuck in and scores goals!). I hope we get to secure John Egan now Sunderland have released him as Adam Thompson, along with Julian Bennett (When he is eventually fit and if we keep him!) are good players. Luke Prosser I will reserve judgement on him, as it is since he has been injured and we brought in Egan & Sokolik, we have not been conceding so many goals. Anyway, back to the drawing board and probably the same old next season, with fools like me paying to go and watch them every week. Up the Blues! TheEssexWay
  • Score: 2

11:41am Mon 19 May 14

gary 51 says...

Calling for the head of Phil Brown is not the answer and not for the good of the club, in all honesty although some of his tactics and formations were somewhat surprising and we all have our own opinions on what we would do, I still believe he has done a great job especially as has been mentioned in previous comments his frustration at having a transfer embargo / no funds and having to go out to other clubs for loan players, not an ideal situation in getting a settled side.
I don't believe much will change unfortunately, crowds have been good but nothing spectacular so the bills have to be paid out of the gate receipts, a little bit of money coming in for the Play Offs but this has been used to pay existing debts?
So we look at our commodities, a goalkeeper, a midfield player who are attracting attention from other clubs, could they be gone this summer ? It is the only way to generate funds to acquire more players not the ideal situation I know but it is business.
On another note, both Ron Martin and Phil Brown have not kept their promises after interviews this season, Ron asking Phil for promotion, not delivered, Phil asking Ron for a new ground, not delivered!!
Calling for the head of Phil Brown is not the answer and not for the good of the club, in all honesty although some of his tactics and formations were somewhat surprising and we all have our own opinions on what we would do, I still believe he has done a great job especially as has been mentioned in previous comments his frustration at having a transfer embargo / no funds and having to go out to other clubs for loan players, not an ideal situation in getting a settled side. I don't believe much will change unfortunately, crowds have been good but nothing spectacular so the bills have to be paid out of the gate receipts, a little bit of money coming in for the Play Offs but this has been used to pay existing debts? So we look at our commodities, a goalkeeper, a midfield player who are attracting attention from other clubs, could they be gone this summer ? It is the only way to generate funds to acquire more players not the ideal situation I know but it is business. On another note, both Ron Martin and Phil Brown have not kept their promises after interviews this season, Ron asking Phil for promotion, not delivered, Phil asking Ron for a new ground, not delivered!! gary 51
  • Score: 3

1:55pm Mon 19 May 14

eurodoomed says...

48 hours on, I think that the current team simply is not good enough, and the season proved that. The horrendous winless run was evidence that the players, while honest triers, simply do not have the ruthless streak that turns decent performances into wins, and even the better results of the last few weeks would possibly not have produced a play-off place had not Oxford Plymouth and Portsmouth faded at the death.
Time to introduce some youth and pace. Perhaps the new lad from Charlton might help as the team looked very pedestrian on Saturday with neither Hurst nor Straker (apart from his goal) getting beyond the defence, and Corr, when he did get his head to the ball, finding no one, and not getting into goal scoring positions. Sadly, he is not Bill Garner or Chris Guthrie!
I think it may be 2 years before the team really challenges for promotion. They look some way off at the moment.
48 hours on, I think that the current team simply is not good enough, and the season proved that. The horrendous winless run was evidence that the players, while honest triers, simply do not have the ruthless streak that turns decent performances into wins, and even the better results of the last few weeks would possibly not have produced a play-off place had not Oxford Plymouth and Portsmouth faded at the death. Time to introduce some youth and pace. Perhaps the new lad from Charlton might help as the team looked very pedestrian on Saturday with neither Hurst nor Straker (apart from his goal) getting beyond the defence, and Corr, when he did get his head to the ball, finding no one, and not getting into goal scoring positions. Sadly, he is not Bill Garner or Chris Guthrie! I think it may be 2 years before the team really challenges for promotion. They look some way off at the moment. eurodoomed
  • Score: 3

9:16pm Mon 19 May 14

TheEssexWay says...

Well said Gary51 & Eurodoomed, I agree with all of those comments.

Straker scored a goal yes, but I watched the game again on sky+ and from the first two throw-ins he should have gone to meet the ball but just stood there and the ball bounced in front of him and over his head, when if he had gone to meet it could have had a header on target, sheer lazyness. Even the commentator commented on him as well. And what has happened to Kevan Hurst? Since he signed a new contract he has been a shadow of his former self, he just doesn't seem to be able to take on players and beat them anymore!

Will Atkinson seems to run his socks off and tries hard, but doesn't seem to get anywhere in the process?

Let's just hope we get two or three quality players in for next season and hope that the rest step up their game?
Well said Gary51 & Eurodoomed, I agree with all of those comments. Straker scored a goal yes, but I watched the game again on sky+ and from the first two throw-ins he should have gone to meet the ball but just stood there and the ball bounced in front of him and over his head, when if he had gone to meet it could have had a header on target, sheer lazyness. Even the commentator commented on him as well. And what has happened to Kevan Hurst? Since he signed a new contract he has been a shadow of his former self, he just doesn't seem to be able to take on players and beat them anymore! Will Atkinson seems to run his socks off and tries hard, but doesn't seem to get anywhere in the process? Let's just hope we get two or three quality players in for next season and hope that the rest step up their game? TheEssexWay
  • Score: 0
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