GIRLS football teams from Ramsbottom and Bury went head-to-head in a fierce regional competition with more than 2,000 participants.

Pupils from Hazlehurst Community Primary School, in Ramsbottom, and Lowercroft Primary School, in Bury, made it through to the semi-final of the Manchester School Games' under 10 girls competition.

After playing five games to reach the semis, including four league matches and a quarter-final, Hazlehurst and Lowercroft schools played each other for the bronze medal, with Hazlehurst coming out top with a 2-0 victory.

Hazlehurst head teacher Mark Golding said: "Both Bury teams went through from the regional preliminary rounds to get to the Games itself earlier in the year, with Lowercroft winning the final and Hazelhurst runners-up.

"On the day, though, neither of the teams made it to the final. So for the first time they played each other for the bronze medal.

"This time the tables were turned and Hazlehurst came out on top with a thrilling 2-0 victory in a closely fought end to end match."

Schools from across the city took part in the Manchester School Games at various venues on Friday, July 6, with teams participating in a range of sports, including football, rugby and netball.

The opening ceremony took place at the Etihad Campus, at the Manchester Regional Arena, complete with music, dancing, singing and tinsel cannons.

The Hazlehurst and Lowercroft Primary Schools' tournament was played at the Wright Robinson College in Gorton, with more than 20 teams competing.