Midlands Regional Alliance
A 6-0 win for Rowsley ’86 at Little Eaton saw them extend their lead at the top of the Midlands Regional Alliance Premier Division.
Tim Baker (2), Andy Roome, Aaron O’Neill, Sam Hoskin and Matt Hamilton got the goals for Rowsley, as the leaders capitalised on Pastures’ surprise 3-1 defeat at Wirksworth Ivanhoe where Daniel Watson’s hat-trick settled the match in favour of the hosts.
Cromford leapfrogged Pastures into second place courtesy of a 3-0 win at Sandiacre Town.
Ryan Marchington and Scott Spencer (2) netted for Cromford, who now sit three points behind leaders Rowsley.
Goals from Scott Wright (2), Jack Riley, James Newton, Callum Lytham, Gareth Bates and player-manager Carl Moore fired Wirksworth Town to a 7-1 victory over Allestree.
In Division One, Matlock United drew 1-1 at home to Rowsley ’86 Reserves, with Callum Gill on target for the hosts and Matthew Windsor netting for the visitors.
Ripley Town hit Wirksworth Town Reserves for six to record their first win of the season. Daniel Storer (3), Lewis Parkin (2), and Joe Crossley scored in the 6-0 win.
In Division Two, Jan Cresswell was on target for Derby Deaf against Ambergate, with Chris Dring netting for the visitors,
Central Midlands League
Man-of-the-match Oli Walden was the hat-trick hero as Matlock Town Reserves continued their great start to the season with an impressive away day victory at Dunkirk.
The home side edged the first fifteen minutes but Matlock soon settled and looked the better side playing ball to feet.
Dave Edge and Dec Jenkins both went close with headed chances, but it was on 38 minutes when the deadlock was broken as Walden charged down a Dunkirk defender to win the ball and slot home with a clinical finish.
A quick response from Dunkirk soon followed, but Matlock keeper Marco Taaffe made sure of a clean sheet at the break, diving down to his right for a fine save.
In the second-half Dunkirk could not break down the visitors.
Captain Tom Laister marshalled the Matlock defence and full-back James Travis looked strong in the challenge.
The lead was was eventually doubled when Jenkins seized possession from a loose defensive ball to cut inside for a fine right foot finish.
Matlock made it three soon after as Jack Wynn floated a corner kick into the box and up rose Edge to dispatch his header into the back of the net.
Jenkins was a constant threat and with 20 minutes to go his inch perfect pass opened up the Dunkirk defence, threading the ball through for Walden to break down the right. One on one with the keeper he made no mistake by slotting home in some style.
The five-goal victory was finally sealed when Jack Siddall was through on goal only to be clattered down by the last Dunkirk defender.
Siddall handed the ball to Walden who dispatched the spot-kick with perfect precision to complete his hat-trick and cap an impressive team display.