Rowsley still top after midweek victory

Midlands Regional Alliance Round-up

Rowsley ‘86 still have a one-point lead at the top of the Premier Division despite not playing at the weekend.

Their last match was a 4-1 win over Woolley Moor United last Wednesday, Tim Baker scoring twice with other goals from Aaron O’Neill and Andrew Roome.

Wirksworth Town also enjoyed a midweek win, 3-1 over Little Eaton to keep up their perfect start to the season - Chris Burton and Callam Lytham (2) on target.

Saturday saw Wirksworth Ivanhoe and Cromford draw 1-1 Daniel Wildgoose on target for Cromford.

In Division One, Rowsley ’86 Reserves are third after Billy Lester (2), Jordan Evans and Liam Ashton scored in their 4-1 over Bargate Rovers, while Newhall United Reserves beat their Wirksworth Town counterparts 3-1 to open their account.

In midweek, Matlock United had drawn 2-2 with Bargate Rovers, Anthony Charlton and Callum Gill with the goals.

In Division Two, Jody Waldron bagged a hat-trick in Ambergate’s 3-1 win at Willington Sports.

Matlock Town CFA made it four wins out of five by beating Shirebrook Reserves 2-1.

Having beaten Woolley Moor United Reserves 3-1 in midweek with goals from Stephen Jones, Greg Brailsford and Ashley Roberts, Saturday’s win wasn’t their best performance and they had to work hard for the points.

CFA winger Michael Lettall was on target on 17 minutes, driving home the rebound from a Miroslav Kurtak shot.

CFA then handed the visitors an equalising goal for Stephen Phillips on a plate just before the break.

A rousing half=time team talk and a couple of changes were made and Marcus Beddoe, making his debut and producing a man-of-the-match display, sparked the CFA back into life, taking the game to the visitors.

It was his pressure that produced a corner and up stepped set piece specialist Alex Lacey who dispatched a perfect delivery and after some hustle and bustle in the box Jordan Hatfield was on hand to bury the ball into the back of the net for the winner.

This was enough to settle the game after a much better second half, a valuable three points and meaning CFA are now up to second in the MRA Division Two table.