Teams are up for the cup as season enters final stretch

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THE 106th Cavendish Cup final is to be played at Matlock Town FC on Monday, May 7 (7.30pm kick off) with Hopflower FC and Chesterfield Town in the hunt for honours.

In 1905, the Cavendish Cup was donated to the Matlock & District Football League by the Ninth Duke Of Devonshire, the Right Honourable Victor Cavendish, who was also the Governor-General of Canada for many years.

The cup itself has only been competed for 89 times, due to the war years and the league being disbanded at one point.

Matlock and District League fixtures all through the county have taken a battering in recent weeks due to bad weather and last weekend was no different as only two teams survived waterlogged pitches.

Those games were Riddings Rovers v AFC Lea Holloway and Shirebrook Rangers v Chesterfield Town.

Chesterfield’s 2-0 win over Shirebrook put them level on points in Division One with Shirebrook, both teams with 30 points, with Shirebrook slightly edging it by virtue of having a better goal difference.

In Division Two, Riddings Rovers managed a 2-1 home win against AFC Lea Holloway, putting them just outside of the play-offs with only two league games left.

With Codnor Miners Arms having already been crowned as champions, the last few weeks will see Riddings Rovers or Matlock Sports promoted into Division One as runners-up.

Check www.leaguewebsite.co.uk/matlockdistrictfootballleague for any changes to fixtures due to bad weather conditions.

This week’s fixtures are: Saturday, May 5: Hellison Trophies Division One – All Inn v Miners Arms (Alfreton)

Solar Press Division Two – Black Hippo v Riddings Rovers

Invitation Shield Semi-Final – AFC South Wingfield v Hurst Farm Utd

Monday, May 7: Cavendish Cup Final – Hopflower v Chesterfield Town