Black Hippo came into their top of the table clash with Hurst Farm United undefeated and without conceding a goal this season.
And, after this local derby, they may have conceded a goal but they are still unbeaten after proving devastating in the 6-1 demolition of the Division Two league leaders.
Black Hippo dominated the key areas of the field from the first minute, with Jamie Uphill and Graham Whysall dictating play, and holding midfielder Matt Sayles breaking up Hurst Farm attacks.
Hippo’s back four again showed how miserly they can be, restricting the opposition strikers’ obvious capabilities, that had seen them net 31 times in four games.
With wingers George Whittaker and Cameron Gill possessing plenty of pace and skill, the home side always looked thretening and it was inevitable that Hippo would find a breakthrough.
Joe Taylor scored his way back into form as he netted four goals and the immense Gill scoring Hippo’s others with a cheeky headed lob and a cool sidefooted finish.
Countless chances came Hippo’s way and most were denied by profligate finishing, great saves by Hurst Farm’s keeper or the woodwork.
Chris Haywood scored Hurst Farm’s reply after Luke Travis saved from the spot. Credit must go to the lads from Hurst Farm who showed guts and fight until the end and emphasised that, despite this defeat they have the ability of mounting a considerable title challenge.
It was a shame Hippo’s record of not conceding this season has gone but it was a satisfactory team performance that shows there is no dearth of quality in their squad.
In Division One, Codnor Miners FC started very well against Riddings Rovers, playing good passing football which paid off after six minutes when Tom Hawkins played a ball wide to Adam Busuttil, who rounded two defenders to cross the ball for Liam Colebrook to score his first goal of the season. On 15 minutes, another excellent pass by Hawkins put Busuttil through to chip the keeper to make the score 2-0. Codnor were awarded a penalty a minute later. Hawkins had his spot kick saved but quickly followed up, slotting home the rebound, making the score 3-0.
The second half was a much closer game with Riddings scoring on 50 minutes. The next half hour saw both teams creating fantastic chances but from the 83rd minute, there were three quick goals from both sides, the first with Codnor scoring through Stu Ryan’s penalty, the second, from the re-start, with Riddings scoring from a halfway line shot and then there was Riddings’ last goal, scored in the final minute of play but that wasn’t enough to share the points.
AFC Lea Holloway carried on from where thay left off last wee, knocking Darley Dale Red Star FC for six. Holloway were two goals up inside the first ten minutes with Hurt and Rogers converting.
Darley came back into the game, scoring two themselves but Rogers and Hurt put paid to any comeback with both getting on the scoresheet again, taking their tally to two apiece and giving Holloway a 4-2 lead by half-time.
Holloway wrapped the game up early in the second half with two quick goals from Knowles and Siddal. The final score was 6-2.
Other results saw Shirland lose on the road to Chesterfield Town 5-3, while Foresters got brushed aside by AFC South Wingfield 8-2. Top of the table Boythorpe beat Laburnum 7-1 and Shirebrook were held to a 1-1 draw with Ashover.
Fixtures for October 6, 2pm kick off
Hellison Trophies Division One
Codnor Miners v Laburnum, Riddings Rovers v Chesterfield Town, Shirebrook Rangers v Boythorpe, Shirland MW v Ashover
Solar Press Division Two
Wirksworth Albion v v Black Hippo, AFC South Wingfield v Hurst Farm, Darley Dale Red Star v Tansley, AFC Lea Holloway v Foresters.