... Julio set for debut ... Liam wants three points

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UEFA Cup Second Qualifying Round, First Leg: Apoel Nicosia 1 Trabzonspor 1, Artmedia Bratislava 2 Dinamo Minsk 1, Basle 1 FC Vaduz 0, Bnei Yehuda 0 Lokomotiv Sofia 2, CSF Zimbru 0 Metallurg Zaporizhzhya 0, CSKA Sofia 0 Hajduk Kula 0, Chornomorets 0 Wisla Plock 0, Dinamo Bucuresti 1 Beitar Jerusalem 0, FC Twente 1 Levadia Tallinn 1, FK Sarajevo 1 Rapid Bucuresti 0, FK Suduva 0 Club Brugge 2, FK Ventspils 0 Newcastle 1, Flora Tallinn 0 Brondby 0, Gretna 1 Derry City 5, Hertha Berlin 1 Ameri Tbilisi 0, IK Start 1 Drogheda Utd 0, Karvan Evlakh 0 Slavia Prague 2, Molde 0 Skonto Riga 0, Odense BK 1 Llanelli 0 Partizan Belgrade 2 Maribor PL 1, Randers FC 3 FBK Kaunas 1, Roeselare 2 Ethnikos Achnas 1, Rubin Kazan 3 BATE 0, SK Brann 3 Atvidabergs FF 3, SK Tirana 0 Kayserispor 2, SV Mattersburg 1 Wisla Krakow 1.

LIAM Lawrence will settle for nothing less than three points at home to Plymouth Argyle tomorrow.

Sunderland have lost their first two Championship matches under new manager Niall Quinn and dare not contemplate a third successive loss when Ian Holloway’s unbeaten Devon men come north – especially with tricky games at Southend and at home to West Brom looming.

Lawrence, who has started the season playing in an unusual left-wing role, said: “We need to pick up because tomorrow is a massive game.

“Bobby Saxton and the gaffer (Niall Quinn) will do their best to pick us up because we are going to have a right go at Plymouth.

“We need three points now, because we need something from three games.

“Plymouth may not be the best team in the world, but we have to treat them like Manchester United and go at them like we were playing United.

“We have an honest set of lads, we have not got a team of cowards.

“There are some good players and we need to turn the corner. Hopefully that will be tomorrow.

“We just need a bit of luck, because, on Wednesday (in the 1-0 defeat to Birmingham), there were loose balls dropping to their men and not ours. It was frustrating.”

Sunderland had a fine strike chalked off for an offside call against Daryl Murphy, who got a flick to Lawrence’s shot, three minutes after Mikael Forssell put the Blues ahead,

Lawrence added: “We played well again on Wednesday and put the ball in the net. We came away with nothing and it was like a knife in the stomach. All the lads are feeling the same.

“We have lost two games and I am already sick of it. I understand the fans being unhappy, but I want them to look forward to the Plymouth game.

“It would be massive for us if we got a big crowd. Once they get going, they are fantastic.

“They have to be patient with us all, because it is new.”

David Beckham’s England career appears to be over as Steve McClaren prepares to axe him from his squad.

McClaren will name his first squad today at around 3pm but Beckham’s name is not expected to be in it.

The Football Association will not comment on the subject until the new manager appears at a press conference in London today.

HARTLEPOOL golfer Graeme Storm was unable to trouble the leaders at The Rock tournament in Northumberland after a final round 72.

But Storm probably had other things on his mind as he is due to get married to Sara Mullender at Holy Trinity Church, in Davison Drive, West View, on Sunday.

Storm’s three-round total of 215 was some eight shots behind the winner, Aran Wainwright of Wakefield.

Billingham Synthonia manager Stuart Coleby has signed three players and they are

included in the squad for tomorrow’s Arngrove Northern League First Division

opener against Durham City at Central Avenue.

“I’ve brought in Craig Veart from Whitby Town, Simon Shaw (Thornaby) and Curtis Fleming who was with Shelborne last year.

“The trio will hopefully enable us to again mount a championship challenge,” said Coleby.

HARTLEPOOL Rovers have their first date under coaching team Michael Henderson, Mark Power and Neil Winn when they play a training match at Darlington Mowden Park tomorrow (kick-off 2.30pm).

All players meet at the Friarage at 1pm, cars leave at 1.15pm.

THE annual Hartlepool Carnival Road Race takes place tonight in West View.

A junior race will start at 6.30pm, with the senior race, over 50 laps, starting later at 7.15pm.

The race is over a total 27 miles on the closed roads of the Oakesway Industrial Estate and Thames Avenue Circuit in Hartlepool

Event headquarters, changing accommodation and showers at Hartlepool Athletic Rugby Club.

HARTLEPOOL FC face their second game of the season when they travel to Coxhoe tomorrow.

Pool welcome back keeper Paul Pringle and midfielder Liam Lewis from holidays.

Strikers Neil Hay and Dean Hustler, defender Graeme Brown and midfielders Andy Watts and Ian Davies who missed midweek due to work, are all expected to return to the squad.

HARTLEPOOL FC face their second game of the season when they travel to Coxhoe tomorrow.

Pool welcome back keeper Paul Pringle and midfielder Liam Lewis from holidays.

Strikers Neil Hay and Dean Hustler, defender Graeme Brown and midfielders Andy Watts and Ian Davies who missed midweek due to work, are all expected to return to the squad.

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