Hurst Farm United travelled up the road to face local rivals Black Hippo on Saturday in the Matlock and District Football League Solar Press Division Two.
Pride and local bragging rights weren’t the only things at stake as a Hippo win would see them leapfrog Hurst Farm and end United’s unbeaten run.
Hurst Farm started in cautious fashion and Black Hippo had the edge in the early exchanges. They got the breakthrough due to an own goal as United fell behind for the first time this year.
This setback kickstarted United’s performance and they soon levelled when McClean’s cross found Jay Roose at the back post to head home.
United look threatening and had the perfect chance to go in front when Webster had been brought down but United’s striker placed the chance wide.
All square at half-time, United’s team talk must have worked as they came out of the blocks in the second half and, within minutes of the restart, Travis finished from a brilliant ball by Ward.
United took control minutes later after Ward and Flint combined to find Roose for the second time and give United the two-goal cushion.
United’s subs came into play and Cunningham added a fourth.
Tired legs set in, in the afternoon heat, but Hurst Farm’s fans gave their side a lift and Travis repaid them with a fifth and final goal. Taylor played a lobbed pass over the top and the striker ran clear to claim his brace and make the final score 5-1.
Man of the match was given to Darrel Webster.
Hurst Farm now turn their thoughts to their Matlock Junior Cup Final game, this Friday (March 30) at Matlock Town’s ground, against Riddings Rovers, kicking off at 7.15pm. Admission is £3 for adults and £1.50 for children and OAPs.