Hopflower end up in cup seventh heaven

AFC Lea and Holloway (blue and white) open the scoring on the stroke of half time as striker Richard Marshall finishes off a good move with a flick into the far corner of the net against Wirksworth Albion (orange and black) at Lea Green.
AFC Lea and Holloway (blue and white) open the scoring on the stroke of half time as striker Richard Marshall finishes off a good move with a flick into the far corner of the net against Wirksworth Albion (orange and black) at Lea Green.

An IN-form Hopflower FC played host to Miners Arms FC in the Cavendish Cup as most local teams had a weekend away from the Matlock & District Football League.

The game started quite slowly with only a defensive error from Miners Arms leading to the opening goal for Hopflower. Only ten minutes later, a deflected challenge beat the opposition’s keeper to make the score 2-0.

As half-time was approaching, Sam Puttock scored his fifth goal of the season to put the home side on the back foot going into the break.

Unfortunately for the visitors, this was not to be the case as Hopflower scored a futher three goals in the first half, leaving Miners Arms trailing 5-1.

After 45 minutes, it was time for change and the first half errors saw a new direction in tactics and formation made by the manager.

The second half saw an early goal for the home team.

However, an excellent half-volley from Adam Puttock gave the Miners the extra motivation to keep pushing.

James Dowie hit a volley from about 30 yards out and the score went to 6-3 but it looked like there may well be a last push from the visitors.

Then, with time running out, Hopflower scored their seventh goal and the final whistle signalled the end of a ten-goal thriller.

Elsewhere, Codnor Miners took on First Division side Laburnum Saints, also in the Cavendish Cup.

After a first half of missed chances by both teams, Codnor found themselves 1-0 down after 55 minutes. On 65 minutes, Codnor were awarded a penalty with Tom Hawkins slotting home, making the scores level.

Then, five minutes later, a Laburnum defender handled the ball on the line, leaving the referee with no choice but to award another penalty and send the player off.

Tom Hawkins stepped up to score his second spot kick of the day.

Despite being down to ten men, Laburnum battled back and, within two minutes, drew level again.

Codnor regrouped and were soon in front again with a stunning goal from Loz Bond shooting from just outside the area.

With only five minutes left, Tom Hawkins was bought down inside the box and Codnor were again awarded a spotkick where Hawkins calmley hit home for his hat-trick.

Saturday’s other results were: Cavendish Cup – Woodthorpe 7 Black Hippo 0, Chesterfield Town Res 3 All Inn 2, Shirebrook Rangers 4 Matlock Sports 2, AFC South Wingfield 0 Riddings Rovers 5.

Hellison Trophies Divison One: Chesterfield Town 3 Darley Dale 0 Solar Press Division Two: Lea Holloway 1 v 1 Wirksworth Albion.