AMBERGATE FC had a day to forget as they crashed to a 5-1 home defeat against Wirksworth Town Reserves in division two.
The hosts looked shaky from the start while Wirksworth began confidently after recent good form.
The visitors took the lead from a penalty after Waldron clipped the heels of the onrushing striker.
Then ‘gate were left a mountain to climb as Tipton was sent off for alleged use of the elbow.
So when Wirksworth scored a second midway through the second half, the game seemed to be over.
However, to Ambergate’s credit, from the moment of the early dismissal, they actually played better. And when Jody Waldron headed home Bestwick’s corner, a frantic finish looked in store.
However, Wirksworth struck straight back to go 3-1 up and with the first goal of a quick-fire hat-trick by substitute Chris Henson who added two more to give Wirksworth a somewhat flattering scoreline.
Matt Redshaw got the other two Wirksworth goals.
Ambergate will be looking to bounce back this Saturday when they host Roe Farm.
It was a good day for Wirksworth Town as their first team beat Rowsley ‘86 4-1 in the first round of the Derbyshire FA Divisional Cup North section.
Carl Moore and Martin Dancer both scored a brace.
In the Premier Division, Allenton United returned to winning ways with a 3-0 win over Matlock Sports. Nathan Sandar (2) and Dave Carr hit the net.
For the second week runnign Holbrook St Michaels leaked five goals. This time it was at home to Derby Royals.
Cromford revived their title chances with a 2-1 win over Derby R-R Leisure. Steve Prine and Scott Gascoigne bagging the all-important home goals.
Willington drew 2-2 at home with Chellaston.
Swanwick Pentrich Road won 1-0 at Mickleover RBL thanks to an 85th minute strike by Guy Wilding.
Swanwick PR Reserves made it a good day for the club by winning 2-1 at division one league leaders Derby Rolls-Royce Leisure Reserves.
Allestree closed to within a point of top spot after a 4-0 win over bottom team Mickleover RBL Reserves. Paul Gibson with a hat-trick and Mahmood supplied the goals.
Bargate Rovers slipped to a surprising 6-3 home defeat against Pastures. Dean Corney, Tom Smith and Neal Sanders all scored for Bargate.
For the second week running, Woolley Moor United engaged in a 1-1 home draw, this time against Little Eaton.
Punjab United won 4-2 at Derby Singh Brothers.
Rowsley ‘86 Reserves continued their slide down the table after a 3-2 defeat by hitherto struggling Holbrook St Michaels Reserves who seem to have hit a rich vein of form.
Ripley Town took a 3-2 lead early into the second half at Tibshelf but the home team responded by moving up a gear or two to finish 6-3 winners.
Chellaston Reserves also hit six against Pastures Reserves who failed to reply while Derby Royals Reserves just shaded bottom team Roe Farm 3-2.
Hilton Harriers grabbed a 1-0 win over Punjab United Reserves while Newton beat Melbourne Dynamo reserves 2-1.
Wirksworth Ivanhoe maintained their three points advantage over Newton after a 4-1 win over Bargate Rovers Reserves. Liam Murphy, Ben Marsh, Alex Howard and Vince Kinder all on target for Wirksworth, Micky Dunne for Bargate.
Two third round ties in the Challenge Cup produced plenty of goals. Ashover beat Little Eaton Reserves 4-1 while Mackworth St Francis hammered Findern 7-1.
The best score of the day though came in the Southern section of the DCFA Divisional Cup where Melbourne Dynamo thrashed visitors Derbyshire Amateurs 8-0.