Hopflower edge a ten-goal shoot-out

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AN in-form Hopflower FC hosted Miners Arms in the Cavendish Cup with a weekend away from the Matlock & District Football League.

After a slow start in which only a defensive error from the Miners led to the opening goal for Hopflower, ten minutes later a deflected challenge beat the opposition keeper for 2-0.

With half-time approaching, Sam Puttock scored his fifth goal of the season but Hopflower scored a further three goals in the first half leaving Miners trailing 5-1 at the break.

After 45 minutes it was time for change and the first half errors saw a new direction in tactics and formation made by the manager.

The second half saw an early goal for the home team but an excellent half-volley from Adam Puttock gave the Miners the extra motivation to keep pushing.

James Dowie hit a 30 yard volley and the score went to 6-3 after which Hopflower scored their seventh with the final whistle signalling the end of a ten-goal thriller.

Elsewhere, Codnor Miners took on first division side Laburnum Saints in the Cavendish Cup.

After a first half of missed chances by both teams, Codnor found themselves 1-0 down on 55 minutes.

Ten minutes later Codnor were awarded a penalty and Tom Hawkins slotted home to level the scores.

Five minutes later, a Laburnum defender handled the ball on the line leaving the referee with no choice but to award another penalty and send the player off. Hawkins stepped forward and scored his second spot-kick of the day.

Despite being down to ten men, Laburnum battled back and within two minutes drew level again.

Codnor regrouped and were soon in front again with a stunning goal from Loz Bond who fired home from just outside the area.

With only five minutes left Tom Hawkins was brought down inside the area and Hawkins calmly netted from the penalty spot again for his hat-trick of spot-kicks.

Other results for Saturday,

December 3

Cavendish Cup

Woodthorpe 6, Black Hippo 0

Chesterfield Town Res 3, All Inn 2

Shirebrook Rgrs 4,

Matlock Sports 2

AFC S Wingfield 0,

Riddings Rovers 5

Hellison Trophies Division One

Chesterfield Town 3, Darley Dale 0

Solar Press Division Two

AFC Lea Holloway 1,

Wirksworth A. 1

Fixtures for Saturday,

December 10

Hellison Trophies Division One

Shirland MW v All Inn

Shirebrook Rgrs v Chesterfield T

Solar Press Division Two

AFC Lea H’way v AFC S Wingfield

Codnor Miners v Matlock Sports

Tansley v Hurst Farm Utd

Derbyshire Cup

Chellaston v Riddings Rovers

Chesterfield Town Res v Winster

Laburnum v Miners Arms Alfreton

Darley Dale v Hopflower

Wirksworth Alb. v Woodthorpe R