Goal frenzy as teams reach double figures

Darley Dale Lions v Woodthorpe
Darley Dale Lions v Woodthorpe

A PAIR of sides in the Matlock and District Football League hit a rich vein of goalscoring form on Saturday, both making it into double figures.

Matlock Sports continued to impress as they handed out a 12-0 drubbing to Cromford Reserves while Hopflower went two better as they beat Kings Arms 14-0 to send shockwaves through the league.

Meanwhile, Shirland Miners Welfare went back to the top of the League One after a convincing win over Chesterfield Town.

In a fairly even first half, Town took the lead on 30 minutes after Craig Purcell finished Dave Marshall’s flick-on. Just before half-time, Shirland’s Gareth Brown equalised with a darting run down the flank, turning in and cutting past two players before hitting the ball home.

Shirland’s hard work paid off again with 20 minutes left. This time, Dale Hegarty found the net for Shirland, who sealed all three points after a stunning run from Jamie Morgan.

Hurst Farm United took all three points in League Two after beating title contenders Riddings Rovers.

Riddings started the better team but, after early scares for Hurst Farm, the visitors still managed to find the back of the net first, Chris Haywood scoring from a free kick.

The lead didn’t last long though as a mix-up in defence allowed Rovers to hit back.

In the second half, two goals in the space of a minute saw both teams at 2-2, Webster hitting home for Hurst Farm but it was Travis who earned all three points with a rocket of a shot from 45 yards.

Jay Miles was again the difference for AFC South Wingfield as they beat Chesterfield Town Reserves 2-1.

Chesterfield opened the scoring just before half-time when a mistake by Wingfield was punished by Nathan Walters. Wingfield came out fighting in the second half and two neat finishes from Miles in quick succession turned the game round to hold out for a well-deserved win.

Other results saw Shirebrook keep up the pressure with a good 3-1 win against Hilcote United, Woodthorpe Rovers win 6-2 against Darley Dale, Miners Arms Alfreton beat Laburnum 6-3 and, in League Two, Wirksworth Albion beat Lea Holloway 5-0 while Tansley fought hard but ran out of steam, losing 5-1 to Codnor Miners.