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Goater off to a flyer at Ilkeston

Goater’s Ilkeston defeated Sutton Coldfield Town 1-0 on Saturday

Shaun Goater made a winning start to his managerial career after Ilkeston defeated Sutton Coldfield Town 1-0 at home in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League at the weekend.

Ilkeston — featuring Bermudian trio Dale Eve, Jaylon Bather and Danté Leverock — defeated Sutton thanks to a first-half goal from striker Dexter Atkinson.

Goater landed his first job in football management in Britain after replacing Paul Holland at the helm of the struggling Derbyshire club on Friday.

The victory ended a 17-match winless streak for Ilkeston, who remain second from bottom of the table but just two points behind Sutton, one place above them in the four-team relegation zone.

Ilkeston’s next league match is at home to mid-table Hednesford Town tomorrow.

Goater’s first managerial win was met with praise from Paul Dickov, the Bermudian’s former strike partner at Manchester City, who tweeted: “The Goat has been well & truly fed today, buzzing for you big fella.”

Ilkeston have forged strong ties to Bermuda during the past few years through Paul Scope, who co-owned the now defunct Bermuda Hogges along with Goater and Kyle Lightbourne.

Other Bermudian players at the club include Bermuda Under-20 trio — Tehvan Tyrell, Paul Douglas and David Jones Jr — who are presently on duty at the Concacaf Under-20 Championship in Costa Rica.

Goater, who returned to England 3½ years ago, lives in Cheshire — about a 90-minute drive to Derbyshire.

n Nahki Wells’s Huddersfield Town forced an FA Cup fifth-round replay with Premier League Manchester City thanks to an entertaining goalless draw at John Smith’s Stadium.

Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, restored to City’s starting line-up, did well by saving twice off Rajiv van La Parra and from Jack Payne’s free kick in the first half, while Philip Billing had a goal ruled out for offside.

In front of a record football crowd of 24,129, Huddersfield goalkeeper Joel Coleman kept out efforts from Nolito and Sergio Agüero in each half. Wells came on in the 59th minute for Joe Lolley.

Meanwhile, Reggie Lambe scored the winner for Carlisle United in their 2-1 win away to Wycombe Wanderers in League Two.

Wycombe had the perfect start in the second minute, as Anthony Stewart played the ball into the danger area and Adebayo Akinfenwa glanced into the bottom corner.

But Carlisle quickly hit back when Jamie Proctor was found in space by Lambe and the on-loan Bolton Wanderers striker picked his spot from the edge of the area.

Route one then led to the Carlisle taking the lead on 34 minutes, as Mark Gillespie’s free kick was flicked on by Proctor and Lambe was then able to poke the ball past Jamal Blackman.

Rai Simons came on as a 71st-minute substitute fir Sylvan Ebanks-Blake in Chesterfield’s 2-1 defeat at home to Bury.

The League One strugglers had defender Tom Anderson sent off in a dramatic finale against Bury, who are also embroiled in a relegation scrap.

Kristian Dennis gave Chesterfield a first-half lead, but after Thorsten Stuckmann had saved Ryan Lowe’s penalty, Andrew Tutte equalised for Bury with a stunning strike before a blunder by the goalkeeper gave George Miller the chance to seal Bury’s first away win since late September.