Dronfield Woodhouse of Division Two produced the performance of the day to knock-out Division One side Hopflower Utd in the Alma Cup.
Kieran Loftus and Liam Mottram got on the scoresheet for Woodhouse but it was Phil Morton who was star performer with an excellent hat-trick in a 5-2 victory to fire Dronfield in to the semi-finals.
League leaders FC Britannia clashed with fellow Division One side New Whitt and were made to work hard by a side who have been in good form recently in the quarter-final of the same competition.
Goals from Will Harcourt and Chris Bettney cancelled out Gary Morton’s effort to send Britannia through while Aiden Ordidge and Daniel Newton saw Renishaw MW through at the expense of Tibshelf Town.
Division Two basement side Matlock Town Wanderers have only won once in the league this season but they put that behind them to come within 90 minutes of a final place thanks to a winning goal by Tom Robley.
In the Chatsworth Cup, it was Division Five side Spartans who produced the performance of the day to beat Hady Villa of Division Three in extra-time. Locked at 2-2 after 90 minutes, Spartans got the decider.
Craig Tromans added to more goals to his season’s tally with Sean Byrne adding the third. Barlow Kingston Rovers, also of Division Five, progressed at the expense of another Division Three team, Pilsley Community.
Tied at 2-2 after 90 minutes, Rovers stepped it up a notch in extra-time to comfortably go through 5-2 thanks to a superb Scott Whitehouse hat-trick and goals from James Thorneycroft and Chris Cunniffe.
New Inn Tupton also make up the semi-final line-up after two Alan Hurt goals plus one from Matt Minshall just edged out Ark Tavern 3-2.
Two of the semi-final places have been decided in the Hutson Cup. Carlo Marchetta, Luke Booker, Craig’s Megyesi, John Ryan, Nigel Walton and Pat Grant all scored for Hasland Wanderers in a 6-0 win over Spartans 2nds at Castle Leisure.
Division Six high-flyers Brampton Rovers Reserves overcame Glapwell Gladiators but only just in a 5-4 win. Elliott Crowder (3) and Charles Scattergood (2) won it for a Rovers. While in the Chesterfield and District Sunday Football League, Hasland Devonshire moved to within three points of leaders FC Britannia in Division One by virtue of a win over Clowne Wanderers in a high scoring affair.
Ryan Edridge scored twice for Wanderers with Antony Rowley adding a third, however, in the end, Wanderers were out-gunned as Danny Claridge scored twice, Lee Clay, Danny Mason and Pete Stubley once as Devonshire claimed it.
In stark contrast, chances were few and far between in the game between Eckington Boys and Hepthorne Lane, a goal from Hepthorne’s Lewis Thurnham sealing the win.
Oaks FC put seven goals past opponents Crown Killamarsh to claim an easy win in Division Four. Luke Hemstock and Joe Sharpe caused most of Crown’s problems as Hemstock hit a hat-trick, Sharpe two while Ben Thomas and Jonathan Heston weighed in with a goal apiece. Steve Johnson was on target twice, Mark Reynolds once for Duckmanton Community at Dark Lane North Wingfield as hosts Gate Inn were beaten 3-0.
Woodthorpe Inn’s relentless march to the Division Two title continued unchecked as they eased to a 6-1 win over Brampton Rovers JMA. Woodthorpe were much too strong for JMA in a one sided affair.
Grassmoor Sports stay second, 11 points behind, after two goals from Mitchell, one from Spencer and Bates saw them beat faltering West End Killamarsh 4-2. Wingerworth BMB go third after they won 2-1 at Dronfield Victoria, Brown scoring both goals whilst AFC Bolsover slipped to fourth as an excellent Black Swan beat them by four goals to three, Nathan Young scoring twice, Ben Cooke and Alex Haythornthwaite once each.
Palterton Sporting Club produced a superb display in Division Five as they severely dented Brimington Utd’s title aspirations by beating them by four goals to three.
The defeat didn’t cost Utd the leadership but it leaves them just three points clear of second placed Holmehall 1st who, significantly have three games in hand. Will Holmes is equally at home in the centre of Sporting’s defence or leading the attack and it was his attacking nous that was crucial to his side as he scored three of the winning goals with Craig Allwood adding the all important fourth to secure an excellent three points.
Old Whittington MW consolidated third position as they also won by the odd goal in seven, this time against New All Inn, Danny Rigby, Scotty Wilson, Dan Fairchild and Tom Eyre scoring the winning goals. Completing a trio of close games in Division Five the one between Royal Oak Rangers and Renishaw Rangers failed to produce a winner as it ended level at 2-2.
In Division Six, Fidlers Rest’s 3-1 win at Evolution moved them into second place and kept their title aspirations very much alive. Lloyd Amissah (2) and one from Luke Carline leaves them four points behind leaders Brampton Rovers Reserves with five games in hand. Dronfield Wanderers edged out Hasland WMC by the odd goal in five.
Grassmoor Sports Reserves moved up to second in Division Seven after a solid display earned them a 5-2 win at Squadron Medical with Luke Addlington scoring twice, Scott Chambers, Martin Fanthom and Scott Lewin once each. Brimington Club drew 3-3 against Charlies Athletic Clay Cross.