SAINTS defenders Martin Cranie and Matthew Mills last night helped England Under-19s reach the European Championship finals in Northern Ireland.

Cranie again skippered his country alongside Mills in central defence as a hat-trick from Walsall striker Matthew Fryatt fired England into Friday's final against France.

Fryatt became the competition's top scorer when he completed a 3-1 win against Serbia and Montenegro in the dying seconds to set up a final against France, who beat Germany 3-2 last night.

England seemed to be coasting when they led 2-0 with five minutes left, but a late strike made it a nervous climax for Martin Hunter's side until the Serbians - pushing up for an equaliser - left Fryatt all on his own to clinch the match.

While he stole the glory, it was a good all-round display by England with significant contributions from Sunderland's Grant Leadbitter in the heart of midfield and tricky play on both wings from Lee Holmes of Derby and Middlesbrough's James Morrison.

l A Dean Ashton strike seven minutes from time spared Norwich's blushes as they recovered from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Colchester.

Chris Iwelumo put the Us ahead in the fourth minute and a second from Kevin Watson deflected in off Jason Shackell.

The Canaries pulled one back in the 64th minute through Darren Huckerby before Ashton turned in Ian Henderson's cross.

Leeds were held 1-1 at Grimsby, who took the lead through Michael Reddy before Frazer Richardson levelled just before half-time at Blundell Park.

Millwall, whose weekend friendly against Iran has been cancelled because of security fears, also recovered a deficit of two goals to draw 2-2 at home to Gillingham thanks to a Barry Hayles double.

The former Fulham striker should have had a hat-trick but skied a 55th-minute penalty over the bar.

Iran, who lost 3-0 at QPR last weekend, are due to play Portsmouth on August 6.

Derby lost 1-0 at east midlands neighbours Notts County as Michael Edwards applied a far-post finish to a Julien Baudet flick-on.

Darren Bent fired a hat-trick as Charlton saw off London neighbours QPR at Loftus Road last night.