The Paul Hardy project at Shirland is up and running at last in the Matlock and District Football League
And the new chief’s first win of the season at Laburnum Saints got the seal of approval from the travelling fans.
They took an early lead with a superb 35-yard free kick from captain Richard Harrison. The Saints battled back and Shirland survived a penalty shout.
A Shirland side missing 12 players from last season started to gel with hard work and with five minutes left until half-time, Danny Wright’s long range effort ripped into the back of the net.
The second half saw Shirland play some nice football and it was a tireless Steve Wright who clipped a perfect pass from a corner ball and found an evergreen Andrew Spence who ghosted in unmarked and nodded home for Shirland’s third.
Laburnum’s attitude paid off in the 70th minute when the Saints pulled one back but five minutes later another free-kick from Harrison gave Shirland a 4-1 lead, Harrison’s free-kick dinked up and over the wall beating the keeper.
A few minutes before the end Laburnum scored again from a corner kick but there wasn’t enough time left on the clock, making the final score 4-2.
Boythorpe’s unbeaten start to the season continued with a convincing 5-0 win at home against Codnor Miners, Boythorpe are yet to concede this season and again will take some stopping.
Riddings Rovers also unbeaten showed the rest of the league that thay will be in contention come the end of the season after beating a very strong and well organised Shirebrook Rangers 2-0.
Saturday saw Chesterfield Town get back to winning ways with a fantastic display against new boys Ashover. Although Chesterfield didn’t have it all their own way, they did come away with a hard fought 4-2 win, putting Chesterfield third in the league, one point off second position.
Divison Two had it all this weekend with goals galore. AFC South Wingfield beat AFC Lea Holloway 7-0 to send out their intentions for silverware this season. Having scored 13 goals in two games and only conceding one, their defence looks solid.
Other games in Division Two saw Black Hippo grind out a 1-0 win, putting them firmly in third place, with two games with two wins but yet to concede this season. Wirksworth Albion’s 5-3 win against Foresters moved them into fourth spot.
Fixtures for this Saturday are:
Hellison Trophies Division One
Shirland MW v Riddings Rovers, Ashover v Laburnum Saints, Boythorpe v Chesterfield Town, Shirebrook Rangers v Codnor Miners.
Solar Press Division Two
C.C.S Barley Mow v AFC South Wingfield, Darely Dale Red Star v Wirksworth Albion, Foresters v Black Hippo, Hurst Farm Utd v Tansley.