Rowsley on the verge of title glory after beating Wirksworth

Matlock Town CFA hit nine goals at Punjab United in a 13-goal thriller.
Matlock Town CFA hit nine goals at Punjab United in a 13-goal thriller.

Midlands Regional Alliance Round-up

Rowsley ’86 are within touching distance of clinching the Midlands Regional Alliance Premier Division title after goals from Liam Hallam and Andrew Roome gave them a 2-0 win at Wirksworth Town on Saturday.

Victory at Sandiacre Town on Thursday evening (3oth) will mean that even if Melbourne Dynamo win their remaining games to draw level on points, Rowsley’s vastly superior goal difference would see them crowned champions.

Cromford had a mixed weekend, winning 5-0 at home to Pastures on Saturday but then falling by the same scoreline at Melbourne Dynamo on Monday night, although they are assured a third place finish.

Back to back victories mean Matlock United are still in with a shout of a top three finish in Division One.

Michael Cartwright (2) and Anthony Charlton helped them see off Wirksworth Ivanhoe Reserves 3-1 in midweek, with Jack Currell replying for the visitors, while the weekend saw them triumph 3-2 at AFC Rocester.

Rowsley ’86 Reserves currently lie third and bounced back from being held to a 1-1 draw by Stapleford Town at the weekend, Henry Broatch on target in that game, by beating Wirksworth Town Reserves 4-1 on Monday evening, Rob Inckle with Wirksworth’s goal.

In Division Two, Matlock Town CFA could pip long-time title-contenders Sherwin to runners up spot after a spectacular 9-4 win at Punjab United.

The CFA took the lead on ten minutes through a corner from the left from Marcus Beddoe that was turned into their own net by the home team under pressure from captain Jake Hatcliffe.

Punjab soon levelled and then took the lead with a 30-yarder that gave keeper Sam Duffin no chance.

On 30 minutes, Beddoe then completed a good move to make it 2-2 and take his tally for the season to 18.

The away side had found their rhythm and produced a magical 15 minutes of form leading to half-time that had been shown in the run to promotion. On 32 minutes a short corner between Beddoe and Alex Lacey was met by a firm head on the back post from Michael Lettall and Mike Chester was on hand to nod home and put the CFA 3-2 up.

On 40 minutes some great work was shown on the right wing from Lettall who sent a pin perfect cross that was superbly met by target man Reece Nuttall to head home his third goal in six games and put the CFA 4-2 up.

The CFA kept pushing and on 44 minutes some great passion shown by Jordan Evans to win the ball in midfield saw him play a neat one two with Nuttall before finishing in style to make it 5-2.

It was 6-2 on 52 minutes as a good move down the left between Lacey and Beddoe to set up man of the match Evans to finish from outside the box.

On 65 minutes left winger Lacey made a darting run down the left and sent in a strong cross shot that was slightly deflected into the net to put the away side 7-2 ahead and take his tally to 18 for the season.

On 70 minutes came a contender fo goal of the season as Evans’ free-kick found Nuttall who with amazing technique took it on the volley to send an outrageous strike sailing into the top corner to make it 8-2.

Two goals coming from counter-attacks reduced the arrears to 8-4, one of them from the penalty spot, but the win was roundedoff when Beddoe beat the offside trap and rounded the keeper and scored his 19th goal of the season to make it 9-4 and cap a remarkable game.