Greater Manchester’s football round-up

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THERE was plenty of football for Greater Manchester’s football fans to dig their teeth into this weekend ranging from Premier League to National League North action.

Premier League

The two Manchester powerhouses, City and United, were both in Premier League action this weekend, with one match-up being a bit more goal infested than the other.

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City took on Stoke City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon and the 55,000 seater was treated to a football fiesta with a nine-goal thriller.

Kevin de Bruyne was in particular electric form in City’s demolition of Stoke, with the home team racking up 79 per-cent of possession.

Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling, David Silva, Fernandinho, Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva were on the score-sheet for the Blues, with Mame Biram Diouf and a Kyle Walker own-goal giving Stoke their two consolation goals.

Manchester United were not in such flying form as they took a short trip to Merseyside to face rivals Liverpool as they drew 0-0 on Saturday.

The highlight of the clash came in the form of yet another wonder-save from United’s Spanish international goalkeeper David de Gea, who collected the Man of the Match award.

Championship

Bolton Wanderers remain bottom of England’s second division but can be positive after their first win of the season against Sheffield Wednesday.

Bolton were 2-0 up with 61 minutes played against Wednesday, who narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League last season, with Sammy Ameobi striking after 10 minutes and a Sam Hutchinson own-goal giving Wanderers the lead.

Kieran Lee’s goal with half an hour of regular time remaining made for a nervy end at the Macron Stadium, which was made even worse by the addition of six minutes time added on for injuries, but Phil Parkinson’s side held on for their first three points of the campaign.

League One

The four Greater Manchester clubs who play their trade in League One were in action this weekend, with all of them earning respectable results.

Bury earned a brilliant result at home to third placed Bradford City, coming from behind to win 3-1.

Charlie Wyke scored early for Bradford but goals from Chris Maguire, Jermaine Beckford and Jay O’Shea earned Bury the victory, who now move into 19th place.

Oldham Athletic crawled up to 17th with a late win against Blackburn Rovers after 67th minute substitute Queensy Menig scored in the 90th minute.

Oldham have now won four games in a row and interim boss Richie Wellens said after the game: “The performance gave the fans something to shout about and it was a good atmosphere” to Oldham Athletic’s website.

Rochdale were held to a 2-2 draw by ten-man Fleetwood Town at Highbury.

Bradden Inman and Ian Henderson gave Rochdale the lead after going a goal down to Fleetwood’s Ash Eastham scored after 25 minutes.

Fleetwood had Wes Burns sent off shortly after The Dale took the lead, but Devante Cole equalised for Fleetwood with seven minutes to play.

The final action to report from Greater Manchester was Wigan Athletic’s 3-0 victory over Southend United to send the Latics top of the league.

Goals from Michael Jacobs, former Manchester United-man Nick Powell, and Ivan Toney sealed the three points for Wigan.

Paul Cook’s side dominated Southend with the away side not having a shot on target and Wigan having 62 per-cent of possession.

Non-league

Plenty of Greater Manchester’s non-league clubs were in action over the weekend, details below.

Telford United 3-1 FC United of Manchester (FA Cup Qualifier)

Scarborough Athletic 0-2 Hyde United (FA Cup Qualifier)

Spennymoor Town 2-4 Curzon Ashton (National League North)

Stockport Country 1-3 Blyth Spartans (National League North)

Altrincham 3-0 Halesowen Town (Evo-Stik Premier)

Stafford Rangers 1-0 Ashton United (Evo-Stik Premier)

Grantham Town 0-0 Stalybridge Celtic (Evo-Stik Premier)

Clithroe 1-0 Atherton Collieries (Evo-Stik First Division North)

Goole AFC 2-2 Droylsden (Evo-Stik First Division North)

Bamber Bridge 2-2 Mossley (Evo-Stik First Division North)

Glossop North End 2-2 Radcliffe Borough (Evo-Stik First Division North)

Skelmersdale United 3-2 Ramsbottom United (Evo-Stik First Division North)

Osssett Albion 1-4 Trafford (Evo-Stik First Division North)

For future fixtures coming up for the Greater Manchester football clubs, search here.

 

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