Emley facing battle to go up
FOOTBALL: AFC Emley travel to Nottinghamshire to tackle Teversal tomorrow (3.00) aiming to end a run of four defeats.To have any realistic chance of promotion to the Northern Counties East Premier, Emley must look to take maximum points from their remaining fixtures and hope rivals slip up.Emley’s leading scorer Steve Kenworthy (knee) is a doubt. Mick Amos is back in the reckoning, while manager Ian Banks has put seven days notice in on another striker to add to his squad.Emley Reserves are at home to Crag Road tonight (7.30).Meanwhile, in the West Riding County Amateur League Premier Division, Storthes Hall pepped up their survival bid with a 1-0 win against Meltham at Ossett Town. Haigh was the scorer.
HOCKEY: England’s World Cup campaign ground to a halt as they were beaten 4-1 by Germany in the semi-finals.Hopes were high after an impressive group stage campaign in Delhi.But they fell behind to Jan-Marco Montag’s goal and Oliver Korn made it two. Richard Smith pulled one back for England, but Martin Haner and Linus Butt rounded off the scoring.Germany will face either Australia or Holland in the final, with the losers of that match playing England for the bronze medal.
BADMINTON: The Yonex All England Championships were overshadowed by the sudden death of Badminton England chairman Mike Sertin at the age of 66.Sertin had been in Birmingham for the event, which he had been instrumental in organising.His family requested that the championships at the National Indoor Arena, which conclude on Sunday, continue as planned.
ATHLETICS: Yelena Isinbayeva goes in search of a fourth successive pole vault title at the World Indoor Championships in Doha today and has promised to produce an “unforgettable” display.Isinbayeva, the dominant force in the event, has not ruled out smashing her own world record at the three-day meeting.
TENNIS: US Open champion Kim Clijsters has confirmed she will take part in this year’s AEGON International tournament in Eastbourne.Champion Caroline Wozniacki will also defend at the traditional Wimbledon warm-up event.