Rowsley nip in to take third position in league

Action from the match between Cromford (red and white stripes) and Mickleover RBL (yellow and blue stripes) at Cromford Meadows.
Action from the match between Cromford (red and white stripes) and Mickleover RBL (yellow and blue stripes) at Cromford Meadows.
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Rowsley 86 have finished as the top Derbyshire Dales team in the Midlands Regional Alliance.

Their 5-4 win at Derby Royals took them to third place in the Premier Division. Tim Baker hit a hat-trick with Tom Hodgkinson and William Hallam scoring their other goals.

Two defeats in the week served to drop Cromford to fourth place.

Having lost 3-1 to Derby Rolls-Royce Leisure, they then went down 4-3 at home to Mickleover RBL with Anthony Fay, Scott Gascoigne and Joe Kay scoring their goals.

Wirksworth Town lost 4-1 to Melbourne Dynamo in the week but ended with a 3-3 draw at Newmount.

Ashover ended their disappointing season with a 6-1 loss at Allenton United in which Nick Walker scored the Ashover goal.

In Division One, Rowsley 86 Reserves lost 1-0 to Punjab United while in Division Two Wirksworth Invanhoe ended on a winning note as they beat champions Allenton United Reserves 2-1 with goals from Liam Murphy and Ben Marsh. Elsewhere, the last Saturday of the season saw Melbourne Dynamo win the battle for runner-up spot in the Premier Division.

This came with a 3-0 win at Derby Rolls-Royce Leisure in which Carl Allsopp, Danny Guild and Matt Brian scored their goals. The run up to runner-up spot saw them lose just once in their last 20 matches.

Willington beat Sandiacre Town 3-2 with goals by Martin Green, a rare header, Brett O’Donnell and Rob Cox.

Newmount had the advantage of an own goal as they drew 3-3 with Wirksworth Town. Liam Green and Danny Palmer scored the other Newmount goals.

Since becoming Division One champions, Allestree have found it hard to win and so it was on Saturday with Mickleover RBL Reserves beating them 5-2 with goals from Hayden Sheppard,two, Chris Townley, Jack Gill and Chris Sayles.

The win took Mickleover out of the bottom two. Findern dropped into that spot after losing 4-3 at home to Ripley Town, Darren Holmes, Tom Foster and Richard Shaw all scoring for Findern.