Hippo get a taste for goals

ThE weekend’s Matlock and District Football League action saw Black Hippo FC take all three points with a 5-1 win against AFC Lea Holloway in League Two while Matlock Sports lost 2-1 to Tansley.

Meanwhile, unbeaten Codnor Miners FC beat a young Chesterfield Town Reserves 2-0, also in League Two.

Codnor opened the scoring with a nice goal as Loz Bond teamed up with Tom Hawkins, who cut in from the right hand side to put the ball into the back of the net halfway through the first half.

Codnor’s second came from Adam Busuttil, who fired home from the spot after being bought down in the box.

Codnor are now the only unbeaten side in League Two and are looking a stronger side with every game they play.

Chesterfield’s first team took on Hurst Farm Utd in the Cavendish Cup and, after the teams were goalless at half-time, Dean Spencer gave Town the lead, only for Toby McClean to equalise from the spot.

Spencer added his second halfway through the second half and this proved to be the winner. Although Hurst Farm continued to battle hard, Town were well on top in the later stages.

The shock result was from bottom side Darley Dale who recorded their first point of the season in a pulsating 2-2 draw against high flying Hopflower FC. Two goals from Jack Critchlow for Darley and two from Hopflower’s Aidan Ordridge saw the points shared.

AFC South Wingfield took on Wirksworth Albion in a game with very few clearcut chances. Wingfield’s captain Chris Saunders rescued a point for the away side with a wonderful 20-yard strike with only five minutes remaining.

Wirksworth took the lead early on in the second half with yet another fine effort from Tom Naylor, this after a stalemate in the first half with only one chance of note. Wingfield have now taken seven points from the last nine and are looking like the Wingfield side that did so well last season.

In other results, Shirland Miners Welfare FC stayed top of the table with a 5-0 win overs Laburnum Saints, Kings Arms FC were beaten at home after losing to Hilcote Utd 4-1, All Inn FC were beaten by Woodthorpe Rovers 2-1 and Shirebrook continued their good form with a 2-1 win over Miners Arms FC.

Next week’s fixtures are: Hellison’s Trophies Division One: Woodthorpe Rovers v Darley Dale, Chesterfield Town v All Inn, Laburnum v Shirebrook, Alfreton Miners Arms v Kings Arms, Hopflower v Shirland MW and Hilcote United will play in the Notts Cup.

Solar Press Division Two: Tansley v Chesterfield Town Reserves, Black Hippo v Wirksworth Albion, Codnor Miners v AFC South Wingfield, Cromford Res v Hurst Farm Utd and Matlock Sports v AFC Lea Holloway.