Midland Regional Alliance round-up: Rowsley ‘86 and Cromford record wins

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The Big Three all recorded big wins at the weekend to ensure the status quo remains the same in the Midlands Regional Alliance Premier Division.

Leaders Rowsley ’86 trailed at Pastures, before they steamrollered their hosts in the second half to finish 7-3 victors.

Sub Liam Hallam hit a hat-trick for Rowsley, with the others coming from Tim Baker, Sam Hoskin, Aaron O’Neill, and Anthony Porter.

Cromford are five points adrift in second place, but have two games in hand and boast the only unbeaten record in the league.

A Scott Spencer hat-trick, plus goals from Alex Statham and Ryan Marchington, helped Dave Williams’ side to a 5-0 win against Little Eaton.

Wirksworth Town won 2-1 at Newhall United. Callum Lytham and James Newton gave Wirksworth a two-goal lead, before Jack Willars pulled one back for hosts Newhall.

Derby Singh Brothers won 3-2 at Matlock United to leapfrog their hosts into third spot in Division One.

Goals from Ed Bowler, Izaak Ward, and Oliver Richards earned Wirksworth Town Reserves their first league victory of the campaign with a 3-2 win against Newhall United Reserves.

Junior Cup goals from Rockie White and Jamie Alberts saw Woolley Moor United edge past Ambergate.

Several sides were in Derbyshire County FA Cup action, where Rowsley ’86 Reserves won 7-1 at AFC Lea Holloway 1960 to reach the semi-finals of the Junior Cup North, but there was disappointment for Matlock Town CFA as they went down 3-1 at Bamford.

A slow start, and an early conceded goal meant an uphill task against a strong Bamford side.

An early disaster after the break saw Bamford double their tally, resulting in CFA changes being made. This kick-started the belief within the CFA team. Jordan Hatfield made an immediate impact upfront, adding pace and strength to drive the team forward.

James Byard having done a great job in the middle was pushed upfield and for the last 30 minutes the CFA dominated the game.

A late penalty from Alex Lacey secured his 11th goal of the season, and a CFA fightback for extra-time looked on the cards.

But the visitors were cruelly caught on the break by a late Bamford foray upfront as the home side sealed their cup progress.