Title race swings open again as Aston United go back to the top with victory

Rowsley vs Wirksworth Town in the Midlands Regional Alliance
Rowsley vs Wirksworth Town in the Midlands Regional Alliance

The race for the Midlands Regional Alliance Premier Division title swung wide open again, as Aston United returned to the summit of the table with a 2-1 victory over title-challenging Sandiacre Town.

A goal each from Mark Green and Shay Wiggins ensured United took a step closer to claiming the title, writes Craig Gibbons.

Cromford looked to have secured all three points at Newhall United with a first half strike from Scott Gascoyne, but Joe Kilduff salvaged a point for the Blues with a strike in the dying embers of the game.

In Division One, with Shirebrook Rangers and Melbourne Dynamo playing out a 0-0 draw, Rowsley 86 Reserves went top of the table following their 4-1 victory over Sherwin.

Two goals from Anthony Porter and one apiece for Connor Hiley and Angus Hodgson secured the win for Rowsley.

Courtney Harris replied for Sherwin.

Matlock United notched up the biggest scoreline of the day as they ran out comprehensive 9-0 winners over Newhall United Reserves thanks to a hat-trick from Steven Prime, braces from Oliver Wilson and Stephen Wood and single strikes from Daniel Bridge and substitute Alex Davison.

Meanwhile, Matlock Town CFA’s hopes of survival took a dent as they slumped to a 3-1 defeat at Wirksworth Town Reserves thanks to a hat-trick from Simon Johnson.

Division Two leaders Ambergate ended the season unbeaten with a record of 14 wins and four draws, after claiming a 4-1 triumph over Punjab United courtesy of strikes from Chris Dring, Shaun Bestwick, Richard West and Jack Brown.

Chesterfield Town secured promotion after securing a 4-0 victory at Ripley Town Reserves to leapfrog Shirebrook Rangers Reserves into second place.

Elsewhere, Derby Singh Brothers will meet Matlock United in the final of the Challenge Cup after edging past Wirksworth Town 1-0, with the only goal of the game coming from Igoris Metlovas.