It was an excellent weekend for Chesterfield as they beat Barnet 4-1 away from home in the National League. After a goalless first half, the Spireites put in a superb second half performance to take home all three points. A brace from Kabongo Tshimanga plus goals from Akwasi Asante and Jeff King meant that Chesterfield moved to within one point of FC Halifax Town who remain top of the National League. Ben Richards-Everton scored an injury time consolation goal to deny the Spireites from picking up a clean sheet too.
It was heartbreak for Alfreton Town as they came within a whisker of causing a big surprise and knocking out FC Halifax Town in the fourth round of the FA Trophy. Kian Spence gave the Shaymen the lead after 23 minutes but Conor Branson netted an equaliser for the Reds just six minutes later. The score remained 1-1 when the final whistle was blown and the cup tie went straight to a penalty shootout. Sadly for the Reds, the Shaymen won 3-2 on penalties to advance to the fifth round of the FA Trophy. Alfreton now just have the league to focus on for the rest of this season.
Chesterfield Women thrashed Leicester City Ladies 7-1 at home in the East Midlands Women’s Premier League yesterday. A hat-trick for Georgia Willson, a brace for Gina Camfield and further goals from Kelly Fidler and Hannah Baker secured all three points for Mike Noon’s side.
Matlock Town secured their fourth league win in a row as they beat Witton Albion 1-0 away from home. Reece Kendall’s goal in the 14th minute secured all three points for the Gladiators. Matlock have now stretched their lead to four points at the top of the Northern Premier League Premier Division.
Matlock Town Ladies also won over the weekend. They beat local rivals Vipers LFC 1-0 away from home. Amy Barnett grabbed the only goal of the game.
Buxton managed to end their losing streak as they secured a point in a 3-3 thriller against Warrington Town at home in the Northern Premier League Premier Division. A brace from Jordan Buckley and a goal from Sean Williams put Warrington in front on three separate occasions but two goals from Jamie Ward and a goal from Thomas Elliot got the Bucks back onto level pegging each time. After five league games now without a victory, Buxton have slipped down to fourth place in the league.
Finally, Staveley Miners Welfare’s excellent winning streak came to an end as they lost 3-1 away at Barton Town. An own goal from Samuel Kay and a brace from Benjamin Hinchliffe secured the three points for Barton while Rieves Boocock netted Staveley’s only goal of the game. That defeat sees the Trojans fall down one place to seventh in the NCEL Premier Division.