Rangers go four points clear at top

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Shirebrook Rangers have opened up a four-point gap at the top of the Hellisons Trophies Division One after beating Woodthorpe Rovers 2-1.

Even though nothing is ever won in November a win against a Woodthorpe side who are in fine form shows the rest of the league that Shirebrook are real contenders.

Elsewere Hopflower continued to show their strengths with a convincing 5-0 win over Miners Arms moving them into fourth only five points of the pace.

Last year’s league champions Hilcote Utd got a much needed three points after beating Laburnum Saints 2-1 in what was a tight affair while All Inn took all three points after beating Darley Dale Lions 7-1.

In the Solar Press League Two South Wingfield got back to winning ways with a comfortable 4-1 victory over Lea Holloway.

man of the match winner Chris Saunders started the scoring with top goalscorer Jay Miles adding two more goals to his tally but it was super sub Darren Kelsall who scored the best goal of the game producing a wonderful finish from ten yards after a flowing end to end move involving six players.

lea Holloway did get a consalation goal with the last kick of the game, Dave Parker scoring.

Other action saw title chasing Codnor Miners take on Hurst Farm Utd which ended 2-2, despite being down to ten men for the last 30 minutes Codnor hung on for a draw thanks to keeper and man of the match winner Will Marriott.

Codnor’s Ben Craig opened the scoring on 15 minutes heading in from a corner at the far post and this lead lasted until the 44th minute when Hurst Farm drew level after scoring from the penalty spot.

The goal of the game came on 50 minutes when Tom Hawkins smashed a 20-yard volley to give Codnor a slim 2-1 lead, but unfortunately ten minutes later Matt Craig received his second yellow card of the match reducing Codnor to ten men and this was when Hurst Farm started to take control.

They equalised ten minutes from time but it was several fine saves from Codnor’s Marriott that kept the scoreline at 2-2.

In the last two games, Chesterfield Town Reserves got torn apart by Wirksworth Albion 7-0 while Riddings Rovers beat Tansley 2-1.

fixtures

Hellison Trophies League One: Hopflower v All Inn; Laburnum Saints v Shirland MW; Miners Arms v Hilcote Utd; Woodthorpe Rovers v Chesterfield Town.

Solar Press League Two: Codnor Miners v Wirksworth Albion fc; Black Hippo v Matlock Sports; Cromford (res) v Tansley; Hurst Farm Utd v Lea Holloway, Riddings Rovers v South Wingfield.