Connor Simms was the match winner as the striker scored twice in the last seven minutes to help Wirksworth Colts come from behind to win an epic mud-splattered struggle against Allestree Junior Colts.
Simms came off the bench to help make the difference after Allestree had threatened to take all three points when going 3-2 ahead ten minutes into the second half. His equaliser followed an astute reverse through ball from the Matlock Town and Burton Albion trialist Scott Taylor, when Simms turned in the area to screw the ball past the Allestree goalkeeper, and then with two minutes remaining, confidence rising, he let fly with a 25-yard shot that flew into the top of the net. The man mountain of celebrations was a reflection of the spirit as all the outfield players piled on top of Simms.
It had all started so positively for the home side as the in-form Joseph Potts headed home after Kyle Hadfield had nodded on Laurence Bostock’s throw after just seven minutes. But when Wirksworth’s free-flowing football failed to yield a second goal, Allestree’s confidence grew and Fortunate Sithole found the room to curl home an equaliser from outside the penalty area. Then Jack Jones made it 2-1 ten minutes before half-time, arriving late from the right wing to capitalise on a cross from the left, only for Potts to bag his sixth league goal of the season when his brilliant first touch from Josh Middleton’s diagonal through ball enabled him to clip home for 2-2 just before half-time.
But hesitancy in the Wirksworth defence invited George Ottewell to dash through and give Allestree the lead shortly after half-time. With Taylor dropping deeper to pick the ball up from the industrious midfield pairing of Sam Paisley and Henry Hymas, Wirksworth dominated and were rewarded with Simms’ decisive interventions.