United lift the shield to end first season on high

Team Effort: The newly formed Hurst Farm United, pictured before their match against AFC Lea and Holloway.
Team Effort: The newly formed Hurst Farm United, pictured before their match against AFC Lea and Holloway.

HURST Farm United rounded off their first-ever season in fine style by beating Wirksworth Albion 5-1 to lift the Matlock and District Football League’s Invitation Shield.

This was the third time the teams had met this season. After the sides had seen off competition from Division One and Two to reach the final at Matlock Town’s ground, both had points to prove, along with the local pride that was at stake.

Hurst Farm got the game under way.

Good work from Adam Flint gave Hurst Farm their first sighting at goal as Martin Travis came close.

The game was end-to-end with both sides struggling to break the deadlock and hitting the woodwork.

After Wirksworth had a good spell of possession, the first half looked to be ending in stalemate.

But United broke away with Flint, before Daniel Slater’s cross was met by Travis, forcing the keeper into action.

The resulting corner again made Albion’s No.1 work.

The next corner did the trick as Chris Haywood’s ball was met by Flint to smash home the first goal of the game before the break.

The second half kicked off with the crowd of almost 400 getting behind both sides but one set were given an instant boost when Haywood’s free kick was met by Travis at the back post to double the lead for the Matlock team.

Wirksworth started to make changes. A more direct approach was taken but dealt with calmly at the back by Owen and Taylor.

Wirksworth’s defence got caught out as the half went on and Tobias McClean’s hard work saw him pinch the ball from the defence, running through to round the keeper and put the game to bed.

McClean’s evening got better as the in-form striker doubled his tally and extended the lead to four in the 74th minute, Haywood again supplying the killer ball and this time the striker chipped the keeper to send “The HUF” into jubilant celebrations.

The game won, United made changes, which five minutes later proved the right choice as sub Dominic Newton found his way into the box to find sub player/manager Craig Cantrill to fire home from ten yards.

United had shown dominance in the second half but Albion got a late consolation goal in the final minute from the penalty spot.