Afternoon all

Pep Guardiola claimed the derby spoils over Jose Mourinho as Manchester City beat Manchester United 2-1 at Old Trafford. Goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Kelechi Iheanacho gave the blue half of Manchester all 3 points despite constant pressure throughout the second half following Zlatan’s goal on the stroke of half time.

Arsenal left it late and needed a 94th minute penalty to beat Southampton 2-1 at The Emirates –It all came down to Santi Carzola from 12 yards who was as cool as a Spanish cucumber to put the ball in the back of the net –harsh on the Saints who’d played good football and deserved a point for the performance.

Elsewhere, Benteke bagged for Palace to give them their first win of the season away at newly promoted Boro, Tottenham hammered Stoke 4-0 at ‘The Bet365 stadium’ (when did that happen!?) and a last gasp strike from Robert Snodgrass cancelled out a worthy winner from Steven Dufour to give Hull City a share of the spoils.

If you missed the late kick off at Anfield, you didn’t miss much. Boring game really with Liverpool somewhat fortunate to find themselves 3 points better off, after 4 attempted crosses somehow hit the back of the net. Some majestic defending from Lucas Leiva the only real highlight of the game..

In the Championship Newcastle claimed another win and you can see why the bookies have them as the firm favourites to win the league this season. After beating Brighton previously, The seagulls have started stuttering and went down 2-0 against Brentford at the weekend. QPR couldn’t find a second goal against Rovers and had to settle for a point, as did Wolves against newly promoted Burton Albion but Norwich made it back to back wins running out 3-2 winners against promotion chasing Cardiff City.

In the Predictions and starting with the Premier League, there was FIVE winners last weekend! A score fo just 8 points was enough to give you a measly share of the pot – but a wins, a win! Congratulations to Snell & Gleavo (again!?) Big John, Stewart Cole and Jonny Moss..

Oh no there wasn’t.. there was only 1 winner in the Premier League. Having double checked and triple checked the weekly winners formula it was Carl Riley who reigned supreme! His score of 9 pipped the rest of the pack who thought 8 might have been enough! Well done mate.

Having come so close to a win, it’ll come as no surprise that Snell retains his place at the top of the league table. Jonny Gleave stays second with Ben & Andy Graham close behind in third and fourth place respectfully. Steph drops to fifth, a place above yours truly who’s now also level on points with Mark Borkin who’s on cloud 9 at the minute..

STOP PRESS!

We have another Riley win! Nothing for weeks and then two in a row! There like buses! Massive congratulations go to Katy who took Division 2 by storm to take the pot with a score of 10 points which also catapults Katy upto 7th place in the league table – from relegation to promotion in a weekend!

Robin & Mark stay joint top and couldn’t be separated by a rizla as Trazza leapfrogs Pete into third place. Max & Tommy Pickles are non movers and retain their place in the playoffs. At the other end, Ellie managed to finally climb outside of the relegation area at the expense of Harry who drops 3 places and into the red.

Mid table couldn’t be closer as just 4 points separates 4th place to 13th so expect it to all change again this weekend!

In Division 3 another single winner who once again, absolutely blew away the rest of the competition. Take a bow Stuart Gunn. THREE wins in his first 5 weeks, hitting the top score across all 4 divisions every time too. Unbelievable tekkers son! Stu’s score of 11 also increases his lead to 2 points at the summit of Division 3 –will anybody catch him!?

Well that man could well be Martin Spencely. Second again this week and he’s making good ground, Jeff stays third with Talbot on the march, he’s upto fourth place as Jimbo also climbs a place into seventh. Adam Burtonwood new to the game is still finding his feet and stays in 11th place, 5 points away from Talbot. The Riley representative of the third tier had a belting week and climbs 4 places and into the top half of the table, another decent score this weekend could see him notch a place in the playoffs. It’ll take nothing short of a miracle for Harry to find himself above Kai come teatime Sunday but with 35 weeks left it’s a marathon not a sprint..

Over to the PNG and another single winner with 9 points enough to take the accolades– Congrats go to Bill Lowrie! And look! Bill’s gone top! John Battle doesn’t fall far and slides to second place, still a healthy 4 points to the good over Daddybear Kettlewell. Richie is another non mover in third, with reigning champ Eric who hasn’t really got going this season occupying fourth spot.

Elsewhere, Carlos climbed over Tommy Taff who I’m sticking by as the darkhorse of the division. After cleaning up in his debut season Tommy’s been quiet since, but all it takes is a few decent weeks, string a few wins together and before you know it your top 3 – COME ON TOMMY!! LETS AV IT

Last weekend saw the Preliminary round for the Cup take place – results are as follows;

Louie Davies 6 vs Tommy Taff 6 – REPLAY

Katy Riley 10 vs Jeff Smith 7

Adam Carlisle 4 vs Dave Royle 6

Tommy Gunn 8 vs Max Wright 7

Ellie Bennett 7 vs Robin Gentle 7 – REPLAY

Mark Morgan 5 vs Pete Louth 5 – REPLAY

Jimbo 6 vs Luke Robinson 5

Stuart Gunn 11 vs Bill Lowrie 9

Martin Spencely 9 vs Paul Clarke 5

Anthony Considine 4 vs Harry Ashworth 1

Adam Burtonwood 8 vs Joe Bennett 5

John Battle 7 vs Richie Clarke 7 – REPLAY

Kai Riley 9 vs Ethan Ashworth 5

Eric Surtees 6 vs Jessie Wright 5

Anne Clarke 6 vs Drew Passmore 7

Anthony Woodhouse 8 vs Mark Robinson 8 – REPLAY

Lucky Sanghera 2 vs Harry Atkinson 6

Trazza Gleave 6 vs Tom Pickles 6 – REPLAY

Steve Moseley 1 vs Jeannie Bennett 5

Sam Myall 5 vs Andy Bentley 6

Luke Wright 6 vs Carlos Nunes 8

Norman Phillips 4 vs Danny Bradders 1

Kaden Moseley 6vs Marc Podesta 7

Daddybear 8 vs Talbotini 8 – REPLAY

All Replays will take place this weekend!

As always, please make sure your submissions are in by the 12.30 deadline Saturday – Good luck!