Confident Albion put five past hosts United

Derby City Football League Premier Division

Ferrers United 1

Wirksworth Albion 5

Albion took the lead with their first attack of the game, Billy Lobley’s delivery beyond the far post being headed back into the danger zone by Joe Kay, where it was forced home by Adam Kay from close range.

Ferrers worked hard to find an equaliser and went close when a fine strike from Dan Sharpe was tipped over by Albion keeper Alex Howard.

Then, with 17 minutes gone, they pulled level when David Ellis’s shot took a wild deflection to find the back of the Albion net.

As the half proceeded, the visitors started to exert pressure on the United defence, with Callum Worth forcing a smart save from home keeper Jamie Mann.

Then Martin Dance saw his effort cleared off the line.

Wirksworth retook the lead with half an hour gone, Scott Gascoyne and Callum Worth combining to play the ball to Toby Howard who took on and beat a Ferrers defender before pulling the ball back into the path of Worth who smashed the ball high into the net.

The visitors added a third before the interval when Gascoyne was pulled back in the area, Ben Waterfall calmly placing his shot into the bottom corner, giving the keeper no chance.

The second half began with both sides having chances. For Albion, fine play by Adam Kay created a chance for Dance whose effort flew past the post, then a ferocious strike from Joe Kay forced an outstanding save from Mann in the Ferrers goal.

For the home side, both Carl Taylor and Ryan Smith had good chances to score, the first being denied by a point-blank save by Alex Howard, the latter being thwarted by some no-nonsense defending from Waterfall.

After these early chances, the visitors started to impose themselves once more and again posed problems for the home defence. Good play by substitute Jack Higton carved out an opening for Craig Spencer who was foiled by the keeper. Wirksworth added a fourth when they were awarded a free-kick out on the left, Gary Webster curling his effort around the wall and into the far corner.

With minutes remaining, Albion made it five, Webster’s delivery into the back post being volleyed home in style by Toby Howard.