A hat-trick from substitute Sam Hoskin helped Rowsley ’86 retain leadership of the Midlands Regional Alliance Premier Division as they beat struggling Newhall United 7-0.
He was joined on the scoresheet by Carl Moore, Ant Porter, Pat Speedie and Will Fletcher as Rowsley opened up a three-point lead at the summit.
Dan Harries’ strike was enough for fourth-placed Sandiacre Town to see off Wirksworth Ivanhoe while Wirksworth Town moved up to fifth with Josh Cummings, James Newton and Aaron Taylor netting as they ran out 3-0 winners at Allestree.
Runaway Division Two leaders Aston United emerged from a potentially tricky journey to Matlock United with a 5-3 victory. Andrew Boyack, Daniel Bridge and Callum Gill netted for Matlock.
Ripley Town beat Wirksworth Town Reserves 1-0, whilst Henry Broatch, Connor Hiley and Ryan Gackowski scored as Rowsley ’86 Reserves won 3-1 at Bargate Rovers.
In Division Two, Matlock Town CFA’s promotion push received a boost with an impressive 4-1 away day win at Ambergate.
An early scare for Matlock saw a shot crash against the crossbar but Elliot Hughes went close on 22 minutes and Marcus Beddoe smashed his drive into the post. It took a moment of magic from James Byard to open the score. His shot from outside the box gave the Ambergate keeper no chance.
The Matlock defence of Michael Chester, Jake Hatcliffe, Tom Evans and Jordan Evans looked throughout the game, but Ambergate levelled early in the second-half from a penalty scored by Jack Ferguson.
Despite this setback the CFA kept pressing, Jake Gascoigne and Jack Yeomans in the middle working tirelessly and Reece Nuttall leading the line up front.
It was Nuttall who would put Matlock back in front as Beddoe’s free-kick from the left was knocked in for his first of the season.
Sam Duffin made a great save after some pressure in the CFA box but the result was secured when the visitors were awarded a penalty for a push in the box. Yeomans stepped up and sealed his man of the match performance with a coolly-taken finish.
The fourth CFA goal came as Duffin’s kick down field producied an Ambergate error and Michael Lettall made it four.
Lettall very nearly added a fifth with a diving header with minutes to go, however the scoreline remained to secure a crucial win before this weekend’s big game against Chesterfield Town.