Spice Boy Mitchell brace boosts King Lynn’s hopes, Harriott Guyana on target

LONDON, CMC – Grenada international Kairo Mitchell scored twice late as King Lynn Town boosted their hopes of survival in the English National League with a 2-0 home win over Altrincham yesterday.

Mitchell, 23, fired home an angle shot low to the bottom corner with 10 minutes remaining before the six-foot, three-inch striker converted from the spot four minutes from time.

Earlier King Lynn, beaten 3-0 by fifth-seeded rivals Altrincham less than two weeks ago, saw substitute Michael Gash’s 78-minute penalty saved by Tony Thompson.

Callum Harriott

In League One, St Kitts and Nevis defender Michael Nottingham produced a fantastic 20-minute finish to secure a 2-1 win for Accrington Stanley at Oxford United.

Nottingham, 31, managed a clearance with a clever first touch and then rode home a volley of 10 yards to bring Accrington a vital victory for their slim hopes of reaching the play-offs, all but bringing Oxford to a close.

Earlier, John Coleman’s men took the lead on 16 minutes when Queens Park Rangers forward Borrower fired Paul Smyth high into the net from 15 yards, before Oxford equalized nine minutes later with Elliot Lee in slotting home from Matt Taylor’s bass.

Meanwhile in League Two, Guyana international player Callum Harriott helped Colchester United secure a point against fellow rivals Barrow with the opener in a 1-1 draw.

Harriott, 27, put Colchester ahead on 33 minutes when his first shot flew in for the first time after Frank Nouble helped introduce Courtney Senior to his path.

But substitute Tom Beadling saved the visitors a point in the 88th minute when he hit home a low shot from the edge of the area.

Elsewhere in League Two, 37-year-old striker Clayton Donaldson made 10 appearances for Reggae Boyz of Jamaica, while Luke Norris exchanged first-half goals as the replay-chasing pair Stevenage and Bradford City settled for a point apiece.

Norris Stevenage took the lead after 15 minutes, but the visitors leveled against the run of the play in the 27th minute when a Connor Wood cross was intercepted by Donaldson, whose header looped over Jamie Cumming stuck in the Stevenage goal.

In the Championship, Lewis Grabban, who played in two friendlies to Jamaica in 2015, helped nudge Nottingham Forest closer to safety from being denied with a 63-minute goal in his team’s 3-1 victory over Queens Park Rangers.

Alex Mighten opened the scoring just before the break and Grabban doubled Forest’s lead before midfielder James Garner, on loan from Manchester United, made it 3-0.

Substitute Lyndon Dykes headed in Albert Adomah’s cross for the comfort of injury time for the visitors.

Bermudian striker Nahki Wells scored his 10th goal of the campaign, but in the end proved to be a consolation only as Bristol City went out of all sorts down 3-1 in the Championship battles, Coventry City.

Wells, 30, seemed to have set up a nervous finish when he took advantage of Kyle McFadzean’s comeback pass in the 79th minute, after seeing home keeper Marko Marosi make a lovely response save to keep his effort out in the first half.

Coventry took the lead early through Leo Ostigard and doubled their lead with a Matt Godden penalty kick on 63 minutes before Viktor Gyokeres settled it with a third on 87 minutes.

Manager Nigel Pearson, whose tough start at Ashton Gate has now lost by five and won only two of his first eight matches at Bristol City, said: “It was a poor performance and a careless one too. We gave away soft goals and didn’t compete on a physical level.