Derby City League
Normanton Allstars 1
Wirksworth Albion 4
WIRKSWORTH Albion returned to action with a fine win at Normanton.
There was little threat to either goal in the early stages with both sides cancelling each other out.
It was the visitors who had the first serious attack on goal, Rob Inckle playing the ball out to Martin Dance whose surging run in from the right took him into the area where from a central position he fired his shot inches over.
With 35 minutes gone it was Normanton who took the lead, when a speculative long range effort from Ashley Lynch found the back of the Albion net.
In the opening minutes of the second-half Albion pulled level, Adam Kay picking out Adrian Kershaw steered the ball past the Normanton keeper Chris Ollerenshaw into the far corner.
From the re-start Normanton had a great chance to regain the lead, when the ball was cleared to the edge of the Albion area where Troy Black gained possession before striking his shot against the post.
This proved costly, as with their next attack Wirksworth took the lead, Billy Lobley and Scott Gascoyne combining well down the left then switching the play across to Adrian Kershaw who outpaced the last defender before placing his shot past the keeper for his second of the game.
Albion tightened their grip on the game when they added a third goal on 70 minutes, Dance’s through ball picking out Gary Webster’s run to perfection, and he took the ball in his stride and volleyed home in fine style.
Moments later the visitors could have increased their lead, substitute Callum Worth’s run and delivery into the area falling nicely into the path of Dance who was denied by a smart save from the home keeper.
Normanton continued to try to find a goal that would get them back into the game, the best of the chances being a powerful strike from just inside the area which was kept out by a full length save from Albion keeper Shane Torr.
Wirksworth made it four when they were awarded a free-kick out on the left, Gascoyne’s delivery only being cleared to the edge of the area where it was met by Webster’s unstoppable first time volley which found the top corner.
Further chances were created by both sides, Albion again indebted to a fine save by Torr to thwart Kirk Francis, whilst both Webster and Dance went close for the visitors.