Midlands Regional Alliance Round-up
The Midlands Regional Alliance will have a representative in the final of the Derbyshire FA Junior Cup North after Will Fletcher’s solitary goal for Rowsley 86 Reserves at New Mills Reserves booked his side’s place to take on Hurst Farm United for the trophy.
Meanwhile, the Midlands Regional Alliance Premier Division has a new leader after Cromford unexpectedly lost their unbeaten record at Allestree. Danny Wildgoose netted for Cromford, but goals from James Smith and Gaz Annable ensured victory for the hosts.
Melbourne Dynamo were quick to capitalise, hitting seven without reply at Wirksworth Town to snatch top spot, although Rowsley 86, who didn’t play, still have two games in hand to make up a four-point deficit.
In Division Two, goals from Eddie Bridges and Jody Waldron helped Ambergate take a 2-0 win from their trip to Chesterfield Town.
Matlock Town CFA had their shooting boots on as they overcame bottom side Bargate Rovers Reserves 10-2.
Miroslav Kurtak opened the CFA account within minutes then to be closely followed by a classy drive and finish by Jordan Evans from the edge of the box.
Jake Hatcliffe made it three from the spot before a magnificent mazy run from James Byard beat a host of players to coolly finish past the busy Bargate keeper.
Jake Gascoigne finished the first-half with a fifth.
Half-time sub Michael Lettall made an immediate impact up front by slotting home an inch perfect through ball from Gascoigne before fellow sub Luke Hitchcock, making his debut for the CFA, made it seven with a back post finish.
Bargate pulled two goals back but Matlock upped their game again, Byard bagging his brace then Jordan Hatfield, a constant threat all game, finally got his goal before Lettall took the final CFA tally to ten.
It took extra-time to determine a winner in the MRA Challenge Cup tie between Wirksworth Ivanhoe and Stockbrook Rangers.
Lewis Land and Vince Kinder’s efforts for Ivanhoe had been cancelled out by a brace from Nathan Sandar for the visitors, before an extra-time winner from Micky Beech put the hosts through.