Matlock Town FC Reserves held out to claim a 2-1 win over Tintwistle Athletic FC to win the DCFA Divisional Cup North. Despite Matlock having the better of the first half, Tintwistle continued to battle to the last minute to set up a tense finish to the Final.
Matlock Town FC Reserves vs Tintwistle Athletic FC
The Silverlands Stadium – Buxton FC
Monday 10th April 7:30pm KO
Referee: Gareth Davis
Assistant Referees: Steve Tuft & Andy Wood
Fourth Official: John Thornhill
Match Report by Holly Percival
Straight from kick off Tintwistle showed no signs of messing around, putting the ball just wide of the left post within the first minute of the game.
The visitors continued to show a real drive to score after George Clairy’s headed the ball towards goal in the 12th minute, which was an example of the striking capability they had. Unfortunately for Tintwistle, Matlock goal keeper Jordan Pierrepont was able to catch the ball comfortably.
With 16 minutes on the clock, Matlock Town FC Reserves had their first chance of the game. Jordan Lee, with a free kick from 25 yards, floated the ball towards the top left corner which Tintwistle keeper Anthony Rodrigues palmed up into the air, hitting the crossbar and away from the goal line, before catching it safely.
As the game progressed, Matlock continued to find their confidence on the ball. In the 20th minute they had the best chance of the game so far, as Tom Savage turned with the ball and hit the post, which was followed quickly by a shot from Steven Mallinder, who sent his effort just wide of the goal.
With one minute left to go before added time and the half time whistle, Ben Edgson won possession in the opposition’s third after a bad pass from Tintwistle’s right back, Joshua Stevenson, rebounded off of Edgson’s shins. This put him through on goal, in which he shot with his left and found the far-right hand side of the goal, putting Matlock 1-0 up at half time.
HALF TIME: Matlock Town FC Reserves 1 – 0 Tintwistle Athletic FC
Tintwistle clearly felt that a change was needed, with two substitutions at half time, which saw Chris Wyche and Jonny Higgins make way for James Crossland and Dylan Symons.
Matlock doubled their lead in the 51st minute after multiple shots from the home team finally found the back of the net with a shot by Jordan Lee that was too powerful to keep out.
Now 2-0 down, it was clear that Tintwistle were becoming annoyed. The first of many yellow cards was given to Jack Miller in the 58th minute for too many reckless tackles.
Matlock forward Steven Mallinder was the next player in the referee’s book in the 64th minute, followed shortly after by fellow team mate Callum Lloyd.
Tintwistle continued to feel that changes needed to be made to the team with a substitution in the 68th minute in which Dave Davis was bought on for George Clairy. At the same time, Matlock made their first change of the game where Harry Wood replaced Matthew Wilkinson.
Shortly after, Matlock followed up with another substitution in the 73rd minute in which goalscorer Ben Edgson made way for Billy Whitehead.
Tintwistle continued to show signs of life after a free kick from the half way line, in the 84th minute, taken by Tom Burns, found the head of Joshua Stevenson who glanced the ball into the net making it 2-1.
A yellow card was given to Crossland in the 88th minute after he committed a reckless tackle from behind. The tackle mirrored the frustration of his team being 2-1 down with only two minutes to go.
Matlock made their last substitution in the final minute of the game when Tom Savage was taken off for Ethan Knowles before the full-time whistle was blown.
FULL TIME: Matlock Town FC Reserves 2 – 1 Tintwistle Town FC