Matlock Town marched on in the FA Trophy this afternoon as they beat visiting Blyth Spartans 4-2 at Causeway Lane.
Central Midlands League Black Dragon Badges South Division Leaders Eastwood Community slipped up at home, going down 2-0 to Matlock Town Reserves.
If Matlock Town are to beat Blyth Spartans in Saturday’s FA Trophy third Qualifying Round tie, they will have to do it without who manager Mark Hume rates as “one of the best full backs in the league.”
Matlock Town’s 2-2 draw with Sutton Coldfield was marred by two brawls which saw two Sutton players and their manager red-carded.
Pinxton progressed in the FA Vase after defeating higher league Long Eaton United away 3-2 thanks to an injury-time winner..
Matlock boss Mark Hume is challenged striker Joel Purkiss to improve on the ugly side of his game.
Josh Middleton led Wirksworth Colts U18 to a hard-fought 4-2 victory over Ripley Rangers U18 to extend their 100 per cent start to the Derby City League second division campaign.
Matlock comfortably saw off their lower division county rivals to make deserved progress in the FA Trophy in what was a repeat of last season’s Derbyshire Senior Cup Final.