CROMFORD took over second spot in the Premier Division of the Midlands Regional Alliance on Saturday in emphatic fashion with a 6-0 win at Ashover.
Around a third of matches in the three divisions fell foul of the cold weather but Cromford proved too hot to handle in their game.
Ashover’s task was made harder early on when they had a man sent off and the Cromford goals came from Alex Statham (two), Scott Ryder, Joe Kay, Anthony Fay and Danny Wildgoose.
There was a vital away win for Matlock Sports in the Premier Division as a Josh Timmins goal gave them a 1-0 victory over fellow strugglers Holbrook St.Michaels.
In Division One, Rowsley 86 Reserves halted their slide down the table by winning 6-2 at Woolley Moor United.
Ambergate’s climb up Division Two is currently on hold as, for the second week running, they lost an away match. This was by a scoreline of 2-1 at league leaders Allenton United Reserves.
Wirksworth Town were also in action, away to one of the promotion chasers.In their case they lost 4-2 at Mackworth St.Francis.
Further afield, Newmount moved clear of the Premier Division relegation zone by hammering hosts Chellaston 8-1 after the home team had missed chances to open the scoring. Richard Perry netted on five occasions for Newmount.
Guy Wilding scored both of the Swanwick Pentrich Road goals as they won 2-0 at Sandiacre Town while Allestree closed in on the Division One leaders Derby Rolls Royce Leisure Reserves as top met second in a clash which Allestree won 5-2.
Third-placed Punjab United came back from 2-1 down at the break to share the spoils with fourth-placed Tibshelf through a 2-2 draw. Jordan Hatton and Simon Brier scored for Punjab.
Last week, Aaron Brady scored three of Swanwick Pentrich Road Reserves goals.This week he scored all four as they won 4-0 playing Holbrook St.Michaels Reserves.
Another big win came the way of Derby Singh Brothers as they defeated Findern 5-0 with two goals from Richard Warbey, and one each from Rehab Khalid, Bhutinder Aieton and Gas Karaanbiesla.
Bottom team Mickleover RBL Reserves matched the top score in the division as they beat Derbyshire Amateurs 6-0 with Ben Stockley scoring a hat-trick in the win. The other goals came from Chris Morris, Chris Sales and Jody Elks.
See page 30 for the league tables and the forthcoming fixtures for the weekend.