Midlands Regional Alliance Round-up
The majority of the Midlands Regional Alliance Premier Division sides took a break from league action at the weekend to concentrate on County Cup action, with Dave Williams’ high-flying Cromford side the biggest winners on the day.
Cromford hit ten without reply against Chapeltown Reserves to progress into the next round of the Derbyshire Divisional Cup (North), with goals from Scott Spencer (4), Danny Wildgoose (3), Ryan Marchington (2) and Alex Statham.
Rowsley ’86 join Cromford in the draw for the next round of the same competition after a 6-0 victory over Wirksworth Ivanhoe, the goals coming from Liam Hallam (2), Tim Baker (2), Sam Hoskin and Andy Roome.
In Division One, leaders Stockbrook Rangers hit five without reply at Wirksworth Town Reserves, while Andrew Boyack, Ben Chamberlain, Callum Gill and sub Alex Davison (2) were all on target in Matlock United’s 6-1 win over Stapleford Town.
In Division Two, Chris Dring (2), Josh Shooter and Tom Aston were on target for Ambergate in their 4-3 win over Punjab United.
Matlock Town CFA were held to a 1-1 draw at Pastures Reserves.
The home side certainly edged the first period and took the lead on 25 minutes, slotting home past the outstretched arm of the CFA keeper Duffin.
Despite this there was plenty of football played on both halves of the pitch and just before the break the CFA finally beat the offside trap and Steve Jones levelled the score with a quality finish.
Matlock’s Lettall and Jones both went close to winners with headers in the box, while Lacey’s left foot strike following a fine team move flew over the bar.
Ultimately it was a valuable away day point and the CFA unbeaten run continues.
Central Midlands League
A first-half hat-trick from striker Dave Edge put Matlock Town Reserves on the road to a 7-1 victory at Hope Sports andprogression in to the second round of the DCFA Divisional Cup.
Edge notched his first five minutes in after breaking through the middle, and after seeing another shot saved he then made it 2-0 following a goalmouth scramble.
Jack Wynn missed an opening from Ollie Walden’s corner and Hope soon pulled a goal back before Edge hit his hat-trick goal.
It was game over after 55 minutes when Dec Jenkins fed Edge for a tap in, before goals from Matt Wilkinson and Matt Andrews made it 6-1.
James Travis saw a late penlaty hit the crossbar, but Wilkinson was then given too much room inside the box, comfortably despatching the ball past the Hope keeper to round off the victory.