HURST Farm United booked their place in the final of the Matlock and District League Junior Cup on Saturday with a 2-1 win over Codnor Miners.
The game was on a knife edge as the referee took the decision to inspect the pitch due to overnight and early morning rain. The pitch was heavy but it was game on.
The match got underway with lightning pace and, within 30 seconds, Toby McLean’s quick feet saw him twisting and turning before he fired a low cross into the box.
A mix-up at the back saw the ball pass between two players and into the back of the net for arguably the fastest goal of the day, or possibly the season, with just 36 seconds on the clock.
Hurst Farm’s great start continued as the lead was doubled after only eight minutes when Adam Flint raced down the left wing, working nicely with Jonathan Roose and, after some good two-touch football, a fine pass found the feet of Chris Haywood, in acres of space to fire home.
A low shot went past Codnor’s keeper and it was 2-0.
The last 15 minutes of the first half saw Codnor launch a fightback and, after several chances, Codnor’s constant pressure got them a goal two minutes before the break.
Sadly, the second half saw no more goals but Hurst Farm had done enough to claim their place in the final.
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Solar Press Division Two action saw two in-form teams in Riddings Rovers and Matlock Sports, who did battle for three points.
It was quite clear from the start that Matlock were not leaving without all three points.
Steve Pardey put the visitors one in front on 30 minutes after a stunning run through the middle of the park, scoring a spectacular goal.
The last 15 minutes saw Callam Lythan and Steve Pardey terrorise the Riddings defence with the keeper saving several shots.
The second half saw more sustained pressure by Matlock and Steve Pardey made it two from inside the penalty area on 60 minutes.
Ten minutes later, good work from a midfield bristling with talent saw a corner find the head of Ben Harrison who calmly put the ball into the back of the net giving Matlock a good three-goal cushion.
Riddings finally upped their game and, after a lot of pressure in the Matlock goal area, Chris Turner got their just rewards with a goal on 80 minutes.
Matlock then responded with two quick goals from supersub Aaron Griffiths and Matt Williamson to put an end to any Riddings fightback.
Other weekend results were:
Hellison Trophies Division One – Miners Arms 6 Shirland 2, Shirebrook Rangers 3 Laburnum 2, Hopflower 4 Chesterfield Town 2, Woodthorpe Rovers L-L All Inn.
Solar Press Division Two – Cromfrod Res 0 Wirksworth Albion 7, Chesterfield Town Res 1 AFC South Wingfield 1, AFC Lea Holloway 0 Tansley 3
Fixtures for Saturday, March 10:
Hellison Trophies Division One – Woodthorpe Rovers v Shirland MW, Hopflower v Darley Dale, Chesterfield Town v Laburnum, All Inn v Shirebrook Rangers.
Solar Press Division Two – Cromford Res v Codnor Miners Arms, Wirksworth Albion v Hurst Farm Utd, AFC Lea Holloway v Chesterfield Town Res, AFC South Wingfield v Matlock Sports
Matlock Cup Semi-Final: Black Hippo v Riddings Rovers.