Belper Nursing Charity Cup update

Bargate Rovers football
Bargate Rovers football

DESPITE the awful weather, both games at Holbrook were played last Wednesday.

St Michaels were the first to kick-off against Ambergate at Holbrook Park.

This proved to be a fairly evenly matched game, with chances falling to both teams but a goalless scoreline at half time.

However, St Michaels rallied in the second half and put two past Ambergate’s keeper to claim their place in the semi finals.

At Shaw Lane, Holbrook Sports proved too much for Bargate Rovers, with a convincing win on a rain-soaked pitch.

Four goals came in the first half, with Sam Ridgard scoring a hat-trick and Niall Mather netting the other from a free kick.

Bargate did not go down easily, and caused Holbrook some problems in defence. Indeed, they were somewhat unlucky on two or three occasions to see shots go wide.

On the downhill slope in the second half, Bargate found themselves having to substitute their keeper when Luke Britland had to retire injured.

Substitute Chris ‘The Cat’ Smith was soon tested and made a couple of good saves, with one particularly spectacular, acrobatic effort, before Holbrook found the back of the net again.

He continued to prove a good stand-in, making some excellent saves throughout this second half, but Holbrook were relentless in their pursuit of goals.

Five more in total came in this half, with another Niall Mather free kick, one long range strike each from Ant Tansley and Danny Cox, and Paul Campbell and Tom Bartram scoring the other two.

A late reward for Bargate came when Luke Beal’s shot found its target, making the final score 9-1 to Holbrook.

The last of the quarter finals was played at Alton Manor on Friday night, when Belper Nailers Veterans took on Belper United.

Despite the appalling rain over the past week, the pitch held up well and allowed both teams to make the most of their abilities.

By half-time United were three goals up and looked likely winners. The Vets pulled two goals back in the second half, but United also found the target with another two goals, giving United a 5-2 victory.

United’s goals came from Joe Wheeler, Jordan McRobie, and Scott Slater (with one own goal); Paul White and Paul Fisher replied for the Vets.

The semi finals of the Nursing Cup are now in sight, and Swanwick Pentrich Road will play Belper United on Tuesday, May 1, at Holbrook Park (St Michael’s ground), whilst the two Holbrook sides meet each other on Thursday, May 3 at Alton Manor.

Both kick-offs are 6:15pm. The final follows on Bank Holiday Monday, May 7, at Belper Town with a 7.30pm kick off.