It was domestic cup day on Sunday with four ties played in the Dey and Co Alma Cup, four in the Chatsworth and five in the Hutson.
In the Alma, Division One side Hasland Devonshire took on AFC Bolsover who are currently second in Division Two.
On paper, at least, an upset could well have been on the cards, however, in the event an excellent Devonshire side won at a cantor by four goals to one. Gary Hulland did find the back of Devonshire’s goal but the prolific Lee Clay’s treble plus one from Gaz Davey leaves Devonshire on course to reach their second final of the season having already reached the final of Derbyshire Senior Sunday Cup.
Another top division side faced a tricky tie, Renishaw MW who were drawn away at Division Two West End Killamarsh but they won probably more easily than they might have thought by five goals to nil, Kyle Pemberton scoring twice, Luke Hatcroft, Aiden Ordidge and Ryan Spinks once.
In an all two Division Two clashes Whit Moor Red Lion who have only won once in the league this season took on fourth placed Wingerworth BMB. In the league, 18 points separate the clubs but Red Lion produced possibly their best display of the season to record a superb 2-1 victory.
The odd goal in five was all that separated Dronfield Vics and Matlock Town Wanderers and it was Wanderers who scored it to win the tie. Wanderers match winners were Steve Wood who scored twice and Matt Wilkinson.
In the Chatsworth, Club FC of Division Four took on Division Three’s bottom side Steelmelters Arms Killamarsh and unceremoniously dumped them out of the competition, thrashing them 12-1. As Club ran riot, Ash Walters and Conner Scott both scored hat-tricks whilst Shane Dickins scored two, Ryan Garbutt, Nathan Pears, Scott Heggarty and Ritchie Henson all scored one.
Cometh the hour cometh the man the saying goes and one such man is Spartans goalkeeper Paul Holmes. His side raced into a 3-1 lead despite being reduced to ten men against Clowne Wanderers Reserves.
They increased the lead to 4-1 in the second half but Wanderers staged a tremendous fightback, to trail by just one goal. They then had the chance to level from the penalty spot but Holmes produced a fine save to deny them, however, he was unable to prevent them from scoring a late equaliser to take the tie into extra-time, which failed to produce a winner, hence the dreaded penalty shoot-out.
Having failed to beat Holmes from 12 yards earlier in the shoot-out, they failed on a further three occasions as he produced top notch saves to deny them and send his team through to the next round as they won it 3-1 on penalties.
Hady Villa ensured a safe passage into the next round by beating Holmehall,1st by four goals to one, Steve McMahan scoring a couple, Carl Twell and Micky Darnell one each.
Duckmanton Community took on Oaks FC and lost to them by three goals to one. Josh Thomas, Luke Henstock and Dean Daqueman with the goals.
Brampton Rovers Reserves overcame Fidlers Rest 4-1 to progress in the Hutson. Furnace Hill Hurricanes, Hasland Wanderers, Brimington United Shoes and Spartans 2nds all made progress at the expense of Dronfield Town, Charlies Bar Clay Cross, Renishaw MW Reserves, Ye Old Royal Oak.