Midlands Regional Alliance Round-up
A feisty encounter between Rowsley ’86 and Cromford ended in a 1-1 stalemate on Saturday, a result which helped neither side in their quest to chase down Midlands Regional Alliance Premier Division leaders Melbourne Dynamo.
Ady Kershaw netted for Cromford, with sub Sam Hoskin on target for the hosts.
Allestree went down 4-0 at home to Wirksworth Ivanhoe, whilst Aaron Large scored for Woolley Moor United but goals from James Newton and Darren Smith ensured a 2-1 win for visitors Wirksworth Town.
In Division Two, Matlock Town CFA were held to a 1-1 draw at Little Eaton Reserves.
The CFA, fielding a young side, looked firmly in control for the first 20 minutes of the game.
Some excellent pass and move football pulled the opposition apart creating a hatful of chances.
They could have been four or five up but for some excellent saves from the Little Eaton keeper, whilst Jordan Hatfield smashed his shot into the post and Miro Kurtak had a clear one-on-one with the keeper but was denied.
However, the keeper was finally beaten when CFA midfield dynamo Jake Gascoigne made a great run from the middle and slid in to finish off a neat move down the right involving Michael Lettall and Hatfield.
Missed chances were to prove costly as the home side slowly clawed their way back into the game in the second-half.
Long balls, missed headers and some naive passing sometimes created unnecessary pressure for the visitors.
But despite not being a big physical team the CFA stood up to the challenge and never gave up but were cruelly beaten by a high bounce over the keeper late in the second-half.
A late onslaught and pressure from Little Eaton proved fruitless and 1-1 it remained.
Ben Hollingworth at the heart of the CFA defence stood up to the challenge with a clear man-of the-match performance.
Saturday also saw the Junior Cup quarter-finals take place.
Sherwin and Matlock United were goalless after 90 minutes, before the hosts ran out 3-2 winners in extra-time with Courtnety Harris, Alnazir Kuri and Virgil Stevenson scoring the decisive goals.
Elsewhere, William Lester struck twice for Rowsley 86 Reserves, but Sandiacre Town ran out winners.