Dronfield Dynamoes 1
Matlock Town Eagles 4
A BURST of late goals prevented the possibility of an upset against the bottom side in the Under 18s Division One.
Combative in the tackle, central defensive pairing of Sam Boan and Charlie Britner had already thwarted Dynamoes’ early probing before Jack Crossley’s venomous cross just eluded the onrushing Jake Hatcliffe and Matlock finally began to force gaps in the home defence.
It was, in consequence, no real surprise when, following a timely interception from Matt Marshall, Thomas Evans fed a delicious through ball to Scott Lester who finished with some relish.
The chances came and went but there was a lack of precision and guile against opponents who were dominant in the air, with Matlock reluctant to keep the ball down.
In the first minute of the second half, Dronfield surged down the right down to equalise.
Suddenly, it was a case of trying to regroup, but when the opportunity to regain the lead arrived three minutes later from the penalty spot, the chance was missed due to a good save.
Driven on by Jack Wilson, Eagles forced a series of corners, from the fourth of which Jacob Gunton’s header proved too strong for the keeper who dropped the ball at Harrison’s feet. No further invitation was needed.
Within moments, James Reeves broke to find Evans who picked out Gunton with a peach of a ball and the striker finished decisively.
With the scoreline finally starting to reflect the pattern of play, Jack Johnson’s excellent individual strike which could only be helped into the net with six minutes left.