Long-running charity cup match in Darley Dale yields goals and cash

The two teams line up for the Darren Hibbert Community Cup match in Darley Dale.
The two teams line up for the Darren Hibbert Community Cup match in Darley Dale.

One of the longest-running charity fixtures in the Matlock area, the Darren Hibbert Community Cup football match, failed to disappoint once again, yielding a hatful of goals and cash.

The match was between the under-30s and over-30s of Darley Dale Lions and Darley Dale United, and ended in an entertaining 5-5 draw.

The sides could still not be separated after a penalty shootout, which finished seven apiece, and so the cup was shared.

More importantly, a total of £479 was raised for charity, with help from shirt sponsors and producers, the Square and Compass pub and Creation Studios.

The senior side took an early lead through a deflected corner, whipped in by Lee Boden, but the U30s responded with goals from Kyle Smith and Jack Stephenson.

It was 2-2 by half-time after a superb, deft header from the battling Matthew Dennis, but just a minute inside the second period, Sam Toft regained the U30s’ advantage.

High drama followed as Nick Coates blazed a penalty over the bar for the seniors, only for a re-take to be ordered which Nik Baker converted.

Gaz Whitworth headed them in front at 4-3 and although a Dan Williams strike and an Anthony Williams own goal edged the U30s ahead again, Baker’s second spot-kick sealed the draw.