Matlock United win shoot-out to make MRA Challenge Cup final


Matlock United are the first side to book their place in the final of the MRA Challenge Cup after beating Premier Division outfit Aston United.

After 90 minutes of football, the score remained deadlocked at 1-1 - with Mark Green netting for United - but it was Matlock who came out on top as they won 4-2 on penalties.

Matlock will meet either Derby Singh Brothers or Wirksworth Town in the final.

Stockbrook Rangers climbed to the summit of the Premier Division with a comprehensive 7-0 victory over basement club Little Eaton.

Ashleigh Wickes bagged a hat-trick with Nathan Sandar, Dominic Holder, Peter Bowler and Darnell Smith completing Rangers’ scoring.

Sandiacre Town moved up to second and made it back-to-back wins with a 3-1 victory over a bare bones Bestwood Miners Welfare.

Cromford claimed a 5-2 victory away at Wirksworth Ivanhoe thanks to a Dean Higton hat-trick and strikes from Daniel Wildgoose and Ryan Marchington.

Meanwhile, Newhall United secured a 3-0 victory over relegation-threatened Tibshelf courtesy of Adam Stockdale’s double and goal from Matt Draycott.

Rowsley 86 Reserves lead the way in Division One following their routine 5-2 victory over Newhall United Reserves thanks to two goals from Sam Hoskin and one each for Connor Hiley, Andrew Roome and Aaron O’Neill.

Reece Daniel bagged both of United’s goals.

Melbourne Dynamo maintained their promotion push with a 4-1 victory away at Wirksworth Town Reserves thanks to goals from Tom Colclough, Vinny Hallifield, Ben Stanley and substitute Jack Goodband.