Cooper nets decider

Football
Football

HAYLOFT’s 3-2 win at the home of promotion rivals HOLMEWOOD MW secured them the runners up berth and promotion from Division Two.

At the other end of the table visitors RAILWAY (Alfreton) were indebted to Jay Cooper whose first-half free kick was enough to steal the points as his side overcame RAILWAY TAVERN by a single goal.

MARLPOOL UNITED still had hopes of promotion when they entertained GALLOWS INN who are also flying high in Division Three.

Leigh O’Dowd opened up for the visitors, however, when he rose the highest to head home at the far post. The home team drew level Simon Eldrick netted.

The second half belonged to Gallows who went on to register an impressive 7-2 win. An O’Dowd shot was deflected by Lee Hillier who went on to complete a hat-trick before O’Dowd scored again following a goalmouth scramble.

An Adam Seddon tap in and a header from centre back Dave Hardy completed the scoring for the visitors.

United’s only response in a disappointing display coming via Lee Fowkes.

The final whistle didn’t signal the end of the action, though, as Hardy was red carded for a strangulation manoeuvre on an opponent and skipper James Barker booked giving his own observations that were at odds with those of the referee.

The game on the adjacent pitch proved less eventful as HEANOR STAFF proved too good for SEVEN STARS; the margin of their victory 6-0. George Essex got a couple, and so did Martin Etches on his debut. Reece Cook hit the other.

MARLPOOL WHITE LION maintained their thrust for Division One honours as they defeated CODNOR MINERS 4-0. Matt Brittle (2), Richard Groves and Richard Baggaley with a headed goal were the scorers.

CRIB are still in with a major shout too and did their cause no harm by whipping DERBY ATHLETIC 8-3.