Divisional Cup North Final

Hat trick hero Will Fletcher helps Rowsley 86 to a Divisional Cup North Final Win!

Both teams have been in great form throughout the season leading up to this cup final. Matlock Town Reserves had at this point already been crowned champions of the Central Midlands Reserve Supreme League with 3 games still to play and 23 points clear. Rowsley 86 are in a 3 way battle at the top of the Midland Regional Alliance Premier Division with just 5 points splitting the top 3 teams. With both team's records it was set to be an exciting end to end game.

The game got underway between Rowsley 86 and Matlock Town Reserves as the sun set over the Autoworld Arena in front of 342 spectators. An intense first few minutes saw Matlock Towns Jack Skiddall score from close range after just 8 minutes putting Matlock ahead 1-0.

Ten minutes later Rowsley's Will Fletcher equalised to make it 1-1. The game had started with lots of passion which ended in match referee reducing Matlock to ten men due to an incident behind the referees back.

What continued to be a high paced game gave Rowsley a penalty in the 27th minute but Tim Baker put it wide from the spot. What looked to be a strong start from both teams, Rowsley took their chances with a 20 yard screamer which rattled the Matlock woodwork before Ricky Shortt made it 2-1 to the home team in the second minute of injury time.

As the second half got underway under the floodlights, both sides looked refreshed and ready to go full steam with Matlock looking for a way back into the game. Both enjoyed good spells of pressure in each other's half but a freak goal from Rowleys half time substitute, Liam Hallam on the 56th minute as he headed the ball past the Matlock Town Goalkeeper Marco Taaffe.

From then on the 10 man Matlock's back four were constantly under pressure with Rowsley coming close to scoring on several occasions. Matlock at times created chances on goal but there was nothing major for the Rowsley goalkeeper Matt Rhodes to deal with.

Rowsley then continued to show their numerical advantage in the game as Will Fletcher scored his second goal of the evening from close range on 77 minutes. From there on, Will Fletcher clinched his hat trick in the 90th Minute with a header on the back post to seal the deal and make it 5-1 Rowsley.