Hope Valley Premier Division - Bradwell 4-2 Peak Dale

Hope Valley League, Bradwell v Peak Dale (blue)
Hope Valley League, Bradwell v Peak Dale (blue)

Bradwell edged a hard-fought contest against Peak Dale, winning 4-2 to go joint-top of the Hope Valley Premier Division.

The opening exchanges produced very little in the way of goalmouth action, with compact midfield play dictating the proceedings.

The deadlock was eventually broken when Balfe was quickest to react to a loose ball as he slid in to give Bradwell a deserved lead.

The hosts continued to press but were hit with a sucker punch when Peak Dale equalised soon after.

A low cross was driven across the face of the goal and Ben Brown, under pressure, fired the ball into his own net.

The visitors were soon 2-1 up when Grindley’s effort was spilled before a Peak Dale attacker slotted home to give them a 2-1 lead heading into the break.

The second-half was an uneventful affair for the first 20 minutes until Bradwell manager Peter Arby made a double substitution, bringing on Greg Mosley and Ashley Wilson.

Mosley started moving the ball about with fluidity and Wilson added another dimension causing problems for the defence with his pace down the right side.

Bradwell’s tempo was immediately lifted and although they now had the lion’s share of possession, they were still finding it hard to break down a well organised defence.

Almost inevitably, the breakthrough came after a great ball saw Ollie Warren through on goal, and his shot fell kindly to Wilson who levelled up the scores.

Peak Dale always looked dangerous on the break but their profligacy in front of goal was to prove their downfall.

Bradwell then deservedly took the lead through Ben Maskery, who steered the ball beyond Dale’s goalkeeper.

Bradwell were now camped in the Peak Dale half and forced several corners on the left side.

One of those set-pieces from Mosley then set up the fourth goal when Ollie Warren planted a powerful header into the top corner.