Football: Hope Valley League round-up

Tideswell Utd v Holmesfield (green)
Tideswell Utd v Holmesfield (green)
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Dove Holes took a major step towards the Hope Valley Premier Division title after a pivotal weekend of results.

Dove recorded a 7-2 win over struggling Dronfield Woodhouse at home on Saturday, whilst title rivals Holmesfield fell to a shock 6-1 thumping away at Tideswell United.

Dove Holes v Dronfield Woodhouse(blue)

Dove Holes v Dronfield Woodhouse(blue)

The results mean Dove are three points clear, with a game in hand on their nearest rivals.

Bradwell, who were not in league action, are also in with a shout as they have two games in hand on Dove but they are still seven points adrift of the pace-setters.

The title could well be decided on Saturday April 19 in what promises to be a season-defining match, when Holmesfield host Dove Holes.

Elsewhere last weekend in the top flight, Tintwistle Villa inflicted more misery on Hope Sports, after a 9-0 victory that means Hope have now conceded over 100 league goals.

• In the A Division, Ashover convincingly disposed of Tideswell Blue Star 5-0 at home to maintain their position at the top.

Below them, Buxton Town put in a similarly impressive performance as they also won 5-0 against fierce rivals Dove Holes Reserves (see, right).

That result saw Town move up to second as they took advantage of Buxworth’s 5-2 reverse against FC United Tideswell.

Dronfield Town A won 5-0 at strugglers Cote Heath to move up to third, eight points behind Ashover.

Arguably the shock of the day in the second tier was basement side Baslow hammering Chinley 6-0.

Despite the result, Baslow remain three points adrift of safety.

The other result in A Division was a narrow 2-1 victory for Bakewell Manners at home to Blazing Rag.

• In the B Division the top two met as Bamford drew 3-3 with second-placed Chesterfield Town.

There was nothing to separate the sides in a goal-drenched affair that ensures there is still a six-point gap between the two.

Chesterfield will be wary however that despite having three games in hand, they are fast running out of time in which to close the gap.

Elsewhere, Furness Vale Reserves picked up only their second win of the season as they beat Stoney Middleton 5-2.

There was also a big win for Dronfield Town B, 6-1 at home to Bradwell Reserves.

Mid-table trio Eyam, Bakewell Town Reserves and Calver also picked up wins.