The Manor Pharmacy Matlock & District Football League’s teams took part in the Invitation Shield last weekend and it was Matlock Sports who made a fantastic start as Callam Lytham sored in the opening three minutes from a tight angle to give them a lead against AFC Lea Holloway.
Holloway hit back straight away and scored an equaliser just two minutes later which showed their intent but it was Matlock who took the game by the scruff of the neck and started bossing it.
Sports started playing with flair and ambition and it was playmaker Ben Harrison’s twisting and turning which provided Craig Walters with a fine ball on the left, who then took the ball looked up and inch perfectly lobbed the keeper to score a stunning goal and give Sports a 2-1 lead after 17 minutes.
With more pressing football and some silky skills, Sports fired home a third just before half-time, Tom Evans hitting home with a superb header after a Lytham cross.
The second half saw Holloway come out with the bit between their teeth and after two minutes that grit and determination paid off when Holloway forced a rare error in the Matlock reargaurd who gave away a needless penalty which Gareth Lewin duly dispatched, giving Holloway a sense of hope.
With the score at 2-3, it was Matlock who regrouped with Harrison and Tom Evans taking control of the midfield battle, Curtis Birchall and Jack Johnson dealing with anything the home side had to offer down the wings.
With Holloway feeling the pressure, Matlock took full advantage and scored two quick goals to kill off any Holloway fightback.
The fourth goal came from Callam with Talbot scoring Sports’ fifth. Matlock will now take on local rivals Hurst Farm United in the quarter-finals.
Shirland MW failed to win their semi-final Cavendish Cup game against Chesterfield Town after fielding a side missing six first team players,.
Chesterfield won 5-1 and deservedly booked their place in the final against Hopflower FC. this final will be played on Bank Holiday Monday at Matlock Town FC with a kick-off time of 7.30pm.
Weekend results were: Hellison Trophies Division One: Laburnum 2 Hopflower 6
Invitation Shield: AFC Lea Holloway 2 Matlock Sports 5; Cromford Res 6 Chesterfield Town Res 2; Hurst Farm Utd 1 Riddings Rovers 6;
This week’s fixtures:
Friday, April 20 – Manor Pharmacy Shield Final (at Matlock Town FC, 7.15pm KO) Chesterfield Town v Shirebrook Rangers Saturday, April 21: Hellison Trophies Division One – All Inn v Miners Arms Alfreton Solar Press Division Two: Codnor Miners Arms v Black Hippo, Riddings Rovers v Cromford Res. Invitation Shield Quarter-Final: Shirland Miners Welfare v AFC South Wingfield, Matlock Sports v Hurst Farm Utd Invitation Shield Round (Group B) – Tansley v Chesterfield Town Res.