Simms’ late double is decisive

Wirksworth Colts U16s
Wirksworth Colts U16s

Connor Simms was the match winner as the striker scored twice in the last seven minutes to help Wirksworth Colts U16s come from behind to win an epic mud-splattered struggle 4-3 against Allestree Junior Colts.

Simms came off the bench to help make the difference after Allestree had threatened to take all three points when going 3-2 ahead ten minutes into the second-half.

His equaliser followed an astute reverse through ball from the Matlock Town and Burton Albion trialist Scott Taylor, when Simms turned in the area to screw the ball past the Allestree goalkeeper, and then with two minutes remaining let fly with a 25-yard shot that flew into the top of the net.

It had all started so positively for the home side as the in-form Joseph Potts headed home after Kyle Hadfield had nodded on Laurence Bostock’s throw after just seven minutes.

But Allestree’s Fortunate Sithole found the room to curl home an equaliser from outside the penalty area, then Jack Jones made it 2-1 ten minutes before half-time only for Potts to bag his sixth league goal of the season from Josh Middleton’s diagonal through ball just before half-time.

But hesitancy in the Wirksworth defence invited George Ottewell to dash through and give Allestree the lead shortly after half-time.

Wirksworth then dominated the closing stages and were rewarded with Simms’ decisive interventions.