Oldham fans vent anger at board

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About 200 angry Oldham Athletic supporters demonstrated outside Boundary Park chanting "Sack the board" after their club lost 1-0 to Grimsby in the first leg of their first-round Coca-Cola Cup tie last night. A crowd of only 2,975 saw Clive Mendonca win the match with his second goal of the season.

They had jeered the Oldham team off the pitch at the end of the game and called for the manager, Graeme Sharp, to resign. He stayed in a locked dressing-room with the players immediately after the game.

Mark Walters was in sparkling form to help Swindon to defeat Wolverhampton 2-0 at the County Ground last night. Steve McMahon, who spent pounds 15,000 to build on his Second Division title-winning squad over the summer, saw Wayne Allison and Scott Leitch give Swindon an advantage to take to Molineux for the second leg.

The former Liverpool winger Walters, who was on loan at Molineux two seasons ago, fed Allison to set up the first goal.

Marcus Stewart, Huddersfield's pounds 1.2m signing, scored a hat-trick in the First Division club's 3-0 defeat of Second Division Wrexham at the McAlpine Stadium.

West Bromwich Albion found life a little more difficult at Layer Road, where Mark Kinsella gave Third Division Colchester a first-minute lead. Andy Hunt and then Ian Hamilton eased the First Division side's worries until Chris Fry hit back for United with 13 minutes left on the clock. Kevin Donovan finally sealed a 3-2 win for Albion with five minutes left.

The Dutchman Michel Vonk gave Sheffield United the lead over Bradford in the Yorkshire derby at Bramall Lane, his former Manchester City team- mate David White adding a second and Andy Walker completing the 3-0 scoreline.

Terry Venables' nerves may have settled somewhat following Portsmouth's 3-1 defeat at Bradford on the opening day of the season. Portsmouth will take a 2-0 lead to Leyton Orient for the second leg thanks to two goals from Deon Burton.

Nigel Jemson's second goal in two games gave Oxford United a 1-1 draw at Carrow Road, where Norwich led through Andy Johnson.

Third Division Fulham continued their winning start to the season with one of the upsets of the night away to First Division Southend. Goals from Mike Conroy and Paul Watson gave the London side a real chance of progressing.

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