Ambergate FC 6
Punjab United 3
Ambergate FC won 6-3 at home to Punjab United on Saturday but were thankful to their forward line for getting them out of jail.
The game started off badly as they fell behind within the first couple of minutes.
Punjab continued to get in behind the Ambergate defence but were unable to take their chances. A golden opportunity for a 2-0 lead came but was put well wide.
Against the run of play, Ambergate managed to get an equaliser. A through ball from Matt Magill was flicked on by Scott Whittingham to Chris Dring who drilled the ball home.
This seemed to wake Ambergate up and they looked like going in front but it was Punjab who restored their lead from a free-kick.
However, within a minute, Ambergate got their second equaliser from Dring.
Three minutes later, Ambergate led through Tom Smith’s first for the team, and the lead was doubled shortly after by Richard West.
The final goal of the half came from Scott Whittingham’s 25-yard half-volley.
The first 30 minutes of the second-half was Ambergate’s best period of the game.
The sixth goal came as Richard West battled his way free and crossed to Whittingham to head home without even having to jump.
The final goal of the game came as again the ball was not cleared in a defensive area and then a cross was tucked away inside the six yard box after poor marking.
There was a second victory on the day for the club as Ambergate Reserves ran out 4-0 winners at Woolley Moor United Reserves.
Two goals from Andrew Briscoe, one from debutant Paul Robinson and a penalty from Ali Worth secured their first three points of the season.
Belper Town U18 1
Matlock Town U18 3
Matlock overcame local rivals Belper in blustery conditions on Sunday.
Belper opened the scoring but once Matlock had settled down and started playing their normal game things started to change around and go their way.
Two goals from Jenkins, the second of which was totally unstoppable from outside of the area, and a well taken goal from Featherstone sealed all three points.
With Matlock’s squad depleted through illness, credit must go to the team on the day, with three players playing out of position.
This Sunday Matlock will host Codnor at Cavendish Fields with a 10.30am kick-off.
Hope Valley League Division B
Winster FC 0 Calver 3
Three weeks into the new campaign and Winster’s performances continue to frustrate and show signs of ability in equal measure.
In their latest home fixture to Calver the early stages of play were promising through the much needed return of Lee Marsden to his wide midfield role who, along with the work rate of Chris Froggat in the centre, forced many of the early attacking openings for Winster.
With good chances falling to Winster’s front line it was only fortune and a string of fine saves by the Calver keeper that kept good efforts from both Colin Dronfield and Josh Weston from opening the scoring.
However, after seeing the ability in the team, the frustration flared up as a lack of concentration and tracking back through the Winster side allowed Calver to go 1-0 up with a simple tap in.
It was a cruel blow, especially to the Winster defence who had forcibly kept the Calver attacks to a minimum with the strong centre-half pairing of Stuart Pearson and Andy Tann, backed up by Matt Rhodes in goal who was once again in fine shot stopping form.
Although trailing, there were many positives to be taken from the first half, yet Winster’s task was quickly doubled after the break when Calver produced an unstoppable strike to go two goals clear.
Still looking to get back in the game, yet now with more urgency, Winster continued to press forward and were unlucky not to see efforts by man-of-the-match Tann and Weston find the back of the net before Calver added a third and final blow in stoppage time.
Matlock Town Reserves 5
Matlock Town Reserves eased to victory at home to Dunkirk on Saturday to stay top of the the Central Midlands League Reserve Supreme Division.
Steve Mansell scored twice in the 5-0 victory, with further goals coming from Marcus Beddoe, James Hill and Liam Hendley.