All-square in local derby

Wirksworth Athletic U13s 3

Wirksworth Albion U13s 3

Joseph Potts, Athletic’s top scorer, lobbed a brilliant equaliser just before full-time to enable the lads of Wirksworth to share the bragging rights after a friendly derby full of quality and good sportsmanship.

Free-scoring Connor Simms broke the deadlock for Albion midway through an even first half when he shot low into the bottom corner.

With Liam Smith-Vidal and Billy Morley combative and composed in midfield, the Rowsley & District Second Division side could have increased their lead, Olly Marchington crashing a shot against the crossbar, before the talented trio of Ben Cartwright, Scott Taylor and Kyle Hadfield went through the gears to allow Athletic to gain control.

When Potts dribbled past his marker and crossed low, there was Dan Bowler, the former Albion stalwart, sidefooting past Oliver Trusswell for a deserved equaliser. Within moments, Cartwright threaded a sublime pass for Lewis Jones to mark his Athletic debut with a clever shot for 2-1.

But if the first division side thought they had the game sewn up, Albion had other ideas. Gabriel Carr, Albion’s man of the match for his decisive defending at the other end, volleyed a long corner back into the danger area where Joe Bednall showed great determination to toepoke home.

Then Marchington scored with a sensational volley from the edge of the area against his former team, giving Will Brough no chance, to put Albion back in the lead.

Athletic, for whom Josh Middleton and Ryan Waller were outstanding at the back, continued to play some bewitching passing moves but Trusswell was in assured form in the Albion goal.

But Potts, Athletic’s man of the match, wriggled free, and unleashed a high dipping shot into the far top corner to extend Athletic’s unbeaten run and leave honours even.