Albion march into final after home win

Wirksworth Albion v Riddings Rovers (red)
Wirksworth Albion v Riddings Rovers (red)

Wirksworth Albion marched into the Manor Pharmacy Shield final with a 3-1 home victory over Riddings Rovers.

Craig Wheeldon, Alex Howard and Rob Thompson’s goals did the damage against the visitors who were bitterly disappointed to lose another semi-final.

Visiting Riddings were two down at half-time despite hitting the post and having two other chances but it was a ‘great performance’ by all Albion’s players that won the day. Dave Robinson’s strike was little consolation.

Hilcote United added to their gap at the top of the Matlock & District Football League with a 2-0 home victory over AFC Lea Holloway. It was goalless until shortly after the break when captain Dave Gibson broke the deadlock, added to by Daniel Noakes’s 70th minute strike. Holloway picked up the tempo but left it too little too late as Hilcote shut up shop.

Industrious and capable Kings Arms climbed to second, three points behind the leaders, as Kyle Johnson netted a brace with Daniel Spencer and Craig Merrett giving the 4-2 Crich win over Matlock Town Youth who suffered with long throws. Ed Baskerville and Sam Kirk were on target.

Dropping to third place, Woodthorpe Rovers faced a hard game as they went down 2-1 at home to a late Shirland Miners Welfare 85th minute winner from Steven Wright. Matt Walsh scored for Woodthorpe and Alex Prior got Shirland’s first.

Laburnum Saints’ Dave Whitworth’s 92nd minute winner earned them all three points in a 4-3 victory against Black Hippo. Ant Hatfield, Joe Taylor and Jay Roose scored for the visitors while Pete Denton, Michael Charlton and Martin Carson added to Whitworth’s triumph.

Darley Dale Lions ‘did enough’ to take the three points with a 5-3 victory over hard-working Tibshelf. Martin French grabbed a brace with Liam Keeton, Wes Harrop and Niall Aked-Slack securing the points.

Two goals from Chris Toplis, added to by Matt Tong and Graham Whysall crowned a 4-0 home victory for Tansley over Harvey’s Bar who held their hands up to a poor performance on a bobbly pitch.