THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

Southend, Wrexham, Yeovil, Kidderminster

icon weekendSturrock leaves Southend but will return
Southend United have taken the unusual step of sacking Paul Sturrock but promising he can still manage the team in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final at Wembley on April 7. The Shrimpers' match against Rochdale on Saturday was postponed but they are currently ninth in League Two, six points outside the play-offs. They were fifth at the start of February but a run of two wins in ten games has led to the former Sheffield Wednesday, Southampton and Plymouth manager's dismissal.

Former Hull City and Preston manager Phil Brown, who has been out of work since December 2011, is set to take over at the club today. He will be in charge for two league games – away at Bradford and home to Fleetwood – before Sturrock returns to lead the team out against Crewe at Wembley. Southend chairman Ron Martin said: "I have suggested to Paul he leads the team out and manages them at Wembley. He has earned that privilege and agreed."

Wrexham take home FA Trophy after shootout
Wrexham's first ever visit to Wembley ended in victory after they beat Grimsby in the FA Trophy final. The match finished 1-1 after extra time, after a Kevin Thornton penalty had pulled the Welsh team level following an Andy Cook opener for the Mariners. In front of a crowd of 35,266 Wrexham scored four out of four penalties, while Sam Hatton and Richard Brodie missed for Grimsby.

Wrexham are the first Welsh club to win the trophy and, with both teams are aiming for promotion from the Conference this season, they could meet again in the play-offs. Wrexham player-manager Andy Morrell said: "We were meant to practise penalties yesterday but it was so cold we just went straight back to the changing room and forgot about it."

Yeovil collapse against Carlisle
Yeovil Town blew a 3-1 lead at 90 minutes against Carlisle United to draw 3-3 in League One. Yeovil had not won in their previous three matches but looked to have secured a place back in the play-offs after goals from Kevin Dawson, Paddy Madden and James Hayter. However, an injury-time goal from Lee Miller – his second of the game – and a bizarre backheel-flick own goal from Luke Ayling meant Yeovil made the 327-mile journey home with just a point. It was enough to move them into the play-offs briefly but victory for Tranmere over Stevenage on Sunday pushed the Glovers back down to seventh.

Yeovil manager Gary Johnson said: "There were a couple that didn't finish the game off. I'm very disappointed in them at the minute, there was no going beyond the call of duty. The fans who made the trip were going beyond the call of duty but we can't get a group of players to do that at the moment. There are some that do but there are some that don't and they are the same ones every week."

Kidderminster maintain top spot in Conference
Kidderminster Harriers won 3-1 away at Southport to open up a three-point gap at the top of the Conference. The game was tied at 1-1 with five minutes to go but late goals from Anthony Malbon and Ryan Rowe sealed the victory. Having lost their first five games of the season – and drawn their next five – Kidderminster have now won 20 of their last 23 matches. Though top, they have played three more games than Mansfield in second. Tom Hocking

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