Midlands Regional Alliance Round-up
In a game which could have huge ramifications come the end of the season, Melbourne Dynamo inflicted a first defeat of the Midlands Regional Alliance campaign upon Rowsley 86 on Saturday.
Matt Brian, Michael Tristram, Ben Blackburn and Danny Guild were on target in Dynamo’s 4-2 win at the Grange, with Tim Baker and Liam Hallam replying for visitors Rowsley.
Aaron Pegg struck twice for Pastures in their 2-2 draw at home to Wirksworth Town for whom Callam Lytham and Tom Greenwood were on target, whilst Wirksworth Ivanhoe won at home, beating Chellaston 4-1 thanks to goals from Callum Worth, Stephen Murphy, Ben Rose and Daniel Watson.
In Division One, Matlock United beat Rowsley 86 Reserves 2-1 with Callum Gill and Steve Wood on target for United and Peter Denton getting the goal for hosts Rowsley, while Wirksworth Town Reserves drew 1-1 with Derby Singh Brothers, Dean Higton netting for Wirksworth.
In Division Two, Chesterfield Town move up to third after a 3-2 win at Matlock Town CFA, with Steve Jones and Miroslav Kurtak scoring for Matlock.
Ambergate were 4-3 winners over Bargate Rovers.
Central Midlands League
A Dave Edge strike midway through the first-half settled a feisty encounter at the 3g Gosforth Playing Fields as Matlock Town Reserves beat Dronfield Town Reserves 1-0 to give the Gladiators their ninth straight win.
The young Gladiators started brightly knowing that keeping possession against the Dronfield outfit was of paramount importance on the artificial turf.
With the impressive Alex Hewitt and David Awolomo controlling the centre midfield area the Gladiators’ passing game frustrated the Dronfield side to such an extent that the Matlock custodian was rarely troubled.
The winning goal came on 32 minutes as Sam Lavelle strode forward purposefullly from midway inside the Matlock half before delivering a perfect through ball to Edge who finished with ease.
Dronfield nearly levelled following a scramble in the penalty area and then Matlock keeper Marco Taaffe could only watch as the ball cannoned off the crossbar following a shot from Sam Bebbington.
The second-half saw Dronfield put on intense pressure in a feisty game but the Gladiators defence stood firm with captain Tom Laister again in inspiring form at the back, enabling his side to bring back the three points.
Matlock are at Heanor Town Reserves this Saturday.