Rowsley still favourites after holding title rivals

Elliot Hughes was man-of-the-match as Matlock Town CFA hit seven past Derby Deaf.
Elliot Hughes was man-of-the-match as Matlock Town CFA hit seven past Derby Deaf.

Midlands Regional Alliance round-up

The battle for the Midlands Regional Alliance Premier Division crown remains as intense as ever after top two Rowsley 86 and Melbourne Dynamo played out a 1-1 stalemate on Saturday.

Carl Moore was on target for Rowsley with Danny Guild netting for visitors Dynamo. Rowsley retain their six point lead over Dynamo and boast a superior goal difference, but with Dynamo having two matches in hand the destination of the title is still too close to call.

Cromford are all but mathematically out of the race, however, after they lost unexpectedly at Newhall United. Scott Spencer put Cromford in front from the penalty spot before Nick McInulty levelled for Newhall, and then James Ward broke Cromford’s hearts with a 93rd minute winner.

Bradley Mellors (2), Dan Harries, George Wilkinson and James Knowles scored in Sandiacre Town’s 5-2 home win over Wirksworth Ivanhoe, with Callum Worth and Jack Higton replying for the visitors.

Wirksworth Town hit five without reply at home to Pastures with James Newton bagging a hat-trick and Ben Waterfall and Rob Inckle joining him on the scoresheet.

In Division One, Dom Holder (2), Nathan Sandar, and Aran Wightman helped Stockbrook Rangers to a 4-1 win over Matlock United, setting up a potential title decider at leaders Aston United on Saturday.

Rowsley 86 Reserves lie third in the table after goals from Noah Evans, Connor Hiley and William Lester saw them win 3-1 away at Stapleford Town.

Melbourne Dynamo Reserves remain on course for the Division Two title after winning 5-0 at Ambergate.

Matlock Town CFA stay in the promotion hunt after a scintillating display earned them a 7-1 away win at Derby Deaf.

Jake Hatcliffe captained the CFA side and soon rallied the team into action as they quickly got control of the game.

Some great midfield play from Evans and Jake Gascoigne allowed Jack Yeomans to drift a ball out wide to the right and man-of-the-match Elliot Hughes, in a perfect position, drove forward and directed his cross with pace into the path of Marcus Beddoe who despatched his goal with perfect precision.

This great start was followed by a wonder goal asMick Chester lobbed the Derby keeper from just past the half way line.

Yeomans made it three after some great combination play from Beddoe and Hughes, but this certainly fired up the home side who after a period of pressure pulled a goal back.

Keeper Sam Duffin was then called into action to prevent assecond Derby goal, diving down to his left just before the break.

The CFA were instantly in the action for the second-half as Chester crossed in from the right and Alex Lacey hit a left foot volley into the back of the net for his 17th goal of the season.

Lacey then turned provider for the fifth for Beddoe who showed his finishing skills with a deft touch from the outside of his right foot to slot home past the Derby keeper.

The sixth goal came from Yeomans before Beddoe sealed his hat-trick with a late goal, the hosts having a player sent off for a straight red in the dying moments.

This was n important win for the CFA as they are in third place in the table and a potential promotion remains on track with two games to go.