HURST Farm United are through to the final of the Matlock and District Football League Junior Cup after beating Codnor Miners 2-1 on Saturday.
Rain both overnight and in the morning meant a referee’s inspection had to carried out to check the pitch.
The game got the go-ahead but the heavy nature of the pitch was to prove a big factor during the match.
The game got underway on time as supporters were still making their way down to the pitch. Some were missing for the first goal of the game as, from the kick off, Hurst Farm made four passes before Toby McClean’s quick feet from a wide angle beat his man and he fired a low cross into the box.
A mix-up saw the ball pass between a defender and the keeper and into the back of the net. The goal was timed at just 36 seconds and got Hurst Farm off to a great start.
Hurst Farm haven’t made great starts in the past few weeks but their lead was to be doubled on eight minutes as they piled pressure on Codnor’s goal.
Adam Flint picked the ball up and worked well down the left with Jonathan Roose before a neat pass found Chris Haywood. He found space and let fly with a shot that beat Codnor’s keeper to make it 2-0.
United’s luck was in and they continued to mount the pressure but Codnor’s defence started to answer the questions United’s forward line asked of them.
After getting back into the game, Codnor looked to get a goal before half-time and had several chances. The best came when their forward ran through but the pitch played its part and allowed Martyn Taylor to race back and put in the tackle as the forward shot.
Codnor’s fight got them a goal two minutes before the break as a great ball over the top was finished with a super strike.
The pitch looked worse for wear and players didn’t look too good either.
The game wasn’t great in the second half. Brilliant work from Hurst Farm’s Daniel Slater and man of the match Darrel Webster kept Codnor at bay.
So Hurst Farm’s dream start in the Matlock League continues as they go to Causeway Lane now to play the winner of next weekend’s semi-final between Black Hippo and Riddings Rovers.
The semi-final posted an attendance of 105, whose support certainly made the game more entertaining and a great spectacle for the Matlock and District League.