Semi-final spot secured with five-goal thrashing

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Evo-Stik League Cup

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Stocksbridge Park Steels 0

Matlock Town 5

Nathan Joynes 17

Ross Hannah 33, 56, 61

Adam Yates 69

Matlock Town: Nick Buxton, Kris Witcombe, Ben Algar, Liam King, Adam Yates, James Lukic, Gareth Davies, Steve Warne, Nathan Joynes, Ross Hannah (Danny Gregory 88), James Knowles (Dene Cropper 66) Other sub: Ben Turner

Referee: D Storrie – Leeds

Attendance: 87

Star Man: Ross Hannah

Matlock breezed into the semi-finals of the League Cup with this five-goal thrashing of a Stocksbridge side who had beaten them on the same ground just three weeks earlier.

Ross Hannah blasted in a hat-trick at the home of his former employers for the second successive season while the nap hand was completed by Nathan Joynes and Adam Yates.

On a filthy wet night, but on a bowling green of a pitch, Matlock played some fantastic stuff, their one touch passing having the hosts chasing shadows.

Mark Atkins was without foot injury victim Ben Turner, Lee Morris who had two teeth out on Tuesday, and Anthony Wilson through a family bereavement. Into the starting line-up came Kris Witcombe, Gareth Davies and Joynes.

Matlock attacked from the off as Hannah’s cross skimmed off Joynes’s head to Davies, whose cross flashed back across the box.

Former Matlock striker Colin Marrison’s header brought out a fine save from Nick Buxton, but Matlock always looked the more dangerou and when Steels’ bulky defender Kevin Dawson could only tee up a 17th minute Ben Algar cross as far as Joynes, the striker did the rest by slotting low past Ben Scott.

A Hannah shot struck Kevin Davies and then a post, before Hannah doubled the lead on 33 minutes as King played him clear to outpace Dawson, slip the ball around Scott and fire into a vacant net.

Stocksbridge rallied as Mark Ward slid in to divert a low cross wide and Buxton was down smartly to push aside a Richard Stirrup shot.

Marrison headed straight at Buxton in the opening seconds of the new half, but Matlock soon had their hosts deeper in the mire when on 56 minutes, a move of outstanding quality put the tie to bed.

Davies started it with a great forward pass to Hannah who after flicking wide to Joynes was on hand to meet the centre forward’s cross from the right with a volley.

The trio rubbed more salt in open Steels wounds five minutes later. Davies this time crossed towards Joynes whose lay off set up Hannah perfectly to blast a low shot just inside the left hand post.

Yates completed the nap hand by towering above the Steels defenders to power home a header from a 69th minute corner.

A demoralised Stocksbridge saw Buxton hold a Marrison header and Andy Ring’s tame strike was meat and drink for the veteran goalkeeper, again standing in for the injured Adam Sollitt.

King then nearly made it six when after yet another fine flowing move, his shot hit the post with Scott well beaten.

Only 87 fans, including over 50 from Derbyshire, witnessed a footballing masterclass from Matlock. Everyone played their part and on the night there was not a weak link anywhere.