Sam’s treble helps CFA to crucial victory

Sam Kelly
Sam Kelly

Midlands Regional Alliance Round-up

Hat-trick hero Sam Kelly was in top form as MatlockTown CFA took the points in a Division Two top-of-the-table clash at Cavendish Fields.

With two good sides on display and both desperate for maximum points the first goal was always going to be crucial. So when CFA defender George Walker, on a foray up front, showed his massive presence on the pitch his headed goal made an huge impact in this fixture.

This was certainly a turning point in this game, but the CFA needed a second and it soon followed. Marcus Beddoe made a fine great run down the right and Kelly was perfectly placed to finish.

Kelly then turned provider just before the break, cutting back an inch-perfect pass for Miroslav Kurtak to slot home.

An early Melbourne goal in the second-half reduced the arrears but CFA weren’t fazed and James Byard fed a fine ball to Kelly down the right who made no mistake with his finish.

Beddoe was in top form all game and his vision was instrumental in the fifth CFA goal, as his pass opened up the Melbourne back line and man-of-the-match Kelly completed his hat trick, beating the keeper one on one with a textbook finish to complete his hat-trick in some style and round off the win.

Elsewhere in the MRA, Rowsley 86 weren’t in action and subsequently lost top spot in the Premier Division to Melbourne who were emphatic 10-0 winners over Chellaston.

Wirksworth Ivanhoe leapt three places to eighth after Callum Worth and Jack Higton helped them to see of Tibshelf 2-1.

In Division One, Derby Singh Brothers saw their promotion hopes dented with a 2-1 home loss to Wirksworth Town Reserves for whom Izaak Ward and Richard Woolsey were on target.

In Division Two, goals from Eddie Bridges (3), Ryan Walters, Shane Linthwaite and Tom Kent ensured Ambergate ran out 6-2 winners over Punjab United.