Rowsley are too good for Gladiators to claim Divisional Cup final berth

Matlock Town Reserves show off their trophy after winning the Central Midlands League Reserve Supreme Division. They are currently 26 points clear at the top. Photo/
Matlock Town Reserves show off their trophy after winning the Central Midlands League Reserve Supreme Division. They are currently 26 points clear at the top. Photo/

Midlands Regional Alliance Round-up

Rowsley 86 triumphed 5-1 despite hosts Matlock Town Reserves taking an early lead through Jack Siddall in the Derbyshire Divisional Cup North final at the Autoworld Arena.

Will Fletcher levelled for Rowsley and with Matlock reduced to ten men Chris Baker’s side soon took control.

Pat Shortt fired Rowsley ahead in first-half stoppage time and Liam Hallam extended the lead ten minutes into the second-half.

Fletcher then netted two more goals to complete his hat-trick, the last of which coming two minutes before the end.

In the MRA Challenge Cup, Melbourne Dynamo will face Cromford in the final after a Scott Spencer brace was enough to see off Matlock United in the semi-final.

There was plenty of league action too over the weekend and on Monday.

On Saturday in the Premier Division, Wirksworth Town were 1-0 winners at Tibshelf with James Newton scoring the goal.

On Monday, Wirksworth Ivanhoe won 2-0 against Wolley Moor United, Michael Beech and Daniel Watson on target.

Monday also saw Cromford and Rowsley 86 go head-to-head in a game which could have huge implications for the league title.

It was advantage Cromford as Joe Kay and Ryan Marchington gave them a 2-0 lead at the interval, but Sam Hoskin and Pat Speedie drew the visitors level before a corner cruelly ricocheted in off a home defender to give Rowsley a 3-2 win.

The result, only the second defeat of the season for Cromford, allowed Rowsley to open up a six-point lead at the top of the table ahead of this weekend’s crucial trip to Melbourne Dynamo, who sit second with two matches in hand.

In Division One, Rowsley 86 Reserves lie third after Billy Lester (2), Matthew Dennis, Connor Hiley and Andrew Roome helped them to a 5-1 win at AFC Rocester.

Matlock Town CFA consolidated third spot in Division Two with a 4-0 win over Punjab United.

The CFA started very slowly but on 22 minutes the in-form Marcus Beddoe got through the offside trap on the left to go one-on-one with the keeper who saved well.

Beddoe was denied again by the keeper before the break but the CFA would take control in the second-half.

They took the lead on 48 minutes when top scorer and set piece expert Alex Lacey put in a perfect cross for the in form Michael Lettall to volley home for his second goal in three games.

After the visitors had been reduced to ten men on 65 minutes, Jake Gascoigne and Jack Yeomans both went close before the second goal arrived on 75 minutes from another run down the right hand side from Beddoe who beat two players before slotting home.

The pressure continued and one minute later after a good one two just outside the box, Yeomans found himself in a good position and provided a good finish to score on his home debut to go with his away-day debut goal in the previous game.

CFA keeper Sam Duffin got in on the act on 80 minutes with a superb save tipping a great effort into the post for one of the saves of the season to help keep a clean sheet.

This was also helped by captain and man of the match Tom Evans who put a solid defensive performance in to keep the visitors at bay.

The CFA’s fourth goal came in the last minute as Beddoe beat the offside trap to make the final score 4-0.

Meanwhile, Matlock Town Reserves have been presented with their championship trophy after winning the Central Midlands League Reserve Supreme Division at a canter, currently 26 points clear with two games remaining.