Easy for hat-trick hero Rider in win

Action from the MRA match between Cromford (red and white stripes) and Ashover FC (white and red) at Cromford Meadows.
Action from the MRA match between Cromford (red and white stripes) and Ashover FC (white and red) at Cromford Meadows.

CROMFORD have had a topsy-turvy week in the Midlands Regional Alliance Premier Division but ended on a real high.

Wirksworth Town beat Cromford 3-0 in the week but Cromford then recovered from that home loss to thrash Ashover 6-0 as Scott Rider hit a hat-trick, Danny Wildgoose a brace and Billy Lobley one in the win.

Having won 4-3 at Newmount on Thursday, Allenton United then took another step towards the Premier Division title by beating Holbrook St Michaels 2-0 on Saturday.

Jennison, Bardlsey and Ashley had scored for Newmount on Thursday and James Jennison was on target again, along with Josh Lord and Charles Salloway in a 3-0 victory at Swanwick Pentrich Road on Saturday.

There were two wins in the week for Rowsley ‘86, a 4-1 victory at Belper United, Lewis Whiting scoring the United goal, being followed by a 3-0 win over Castle Donington Town.

Tim Baker (two) and Aaron O’Neill hit the goals in the later win.

Melbourne Dynamo also boasted two wins in the week. Lee Scott scored the only goal as they beat Castle Donington Town 1-0 before Dave Brough, Danny Guild and Carl Allsopp scored in a 3-1 win over Wirksworth Town at the weekend. Carl Moore got the Wirksworth reply.

Sandiacre Town played second in the league Willington on Saturday and lost 4-0. The Willington goals came courtesy of a brace apiece from Sam Bartram and Danny Slowinski.

Chellaston lost 1-0 to Derby Rolls-Royce Leisure, largely due to an inspired display by the Royce’s keeper while an injury-time goal by Long Eaton United Reserves saw them draw 1-1 with Belper United.

Derbyshire Amateurs beat Little Eaton 2-0 with goals from James Collins and Grant Strickson before Little Eaton went on to lose 3-2 to Matlock Sports, Ian Hall and Simon Steadman scoring in the second loss.

Rich Clark scored the Holbrook St Michaels Reserves’ goal in a 1-1 draw with Derby Rolls-Royce Leisure Reserves while Ripley Town scored four away from home for the second time in the week in winning 4-1 at Findern.

Ripley’s victory was led by a hat-trick from Nathan Ball with Jake Watson also on target. Paul Smith got the home reply.

Two goals from Dan Sharp and one from Stephen Bills enabled Allestree to beat Selston 3-2 and slow the Nottinghamshire side’s promotion push.

Woolley Moor United, with a 2-1 win at Wirksworth Town Reserves and a 4-1 win at Melbourne Dynamo Reserves, are rapidly emerging as the main danger among the chasing pack in Division Two.

Matt Redshaw scored for Wirksworth and Adam Doleman for Melbourne.

Rowsley ‘86 Reserves remain in contention though thanks to a 4-0 win over Pastures Reserves.

Wirksworth Ivanhoe, having beaten Swanwick Pentrich Road Reserves 3-0 with two goals from Ben Marsh and one from Vince Kinder, then went down 4-0 to Mickleover RBL Reserves for whom Gavin Chadwick bagged a hat-trick and Chris Towney one.

Chris Evans and Wayne Randall both hit a brace of goals for Ambergate as they beat Wirksworth Town Reserves 5-2.

David Fulwood scored the fifth Ambergate goal with Matt Redshaw scoring both of the Wirksworth replies.