FOR the first time in almost two months, fixtures played outnumbered fixtures postponed.
That said, only two Premier Division games survived but, thankfully, most of the outstanding County Cup matches were played.
In Division One there was a full programme played thankfully and Ripley Town gave their survival hopes a major shot in the arm with a 2-1 home win over sixth-placed Belper United Reserves.
The goals came from Jay Watson in the first half and Nigel Slater in the second period and despite the visitors pulling one back, Ripley should have won more convincingly as rustiness after the long lay-off led to a rash of missed chances.
At the end of the day though, the win lifted Ian Randall’s team away from the immediate danger area.
At the other end, Derby Royals beat Shirland Athletic 4-1 in the game of the day, Jordan Simpson and Josh Gregory both bagging a brace of goals in the win.
Matlock Sports upped their title challenge by beating Bargate Rovers 4-2. Cartwright (2), Asquith and Boden on target for the winners.
Pastures went down 2-1 against Derby Rolls-Royce Leisure Reserves who also provided the Pastures goal.
Paul Quincey scored the Little Eaton goal in a 1-1 draw at home with Selston.
A Steve Bills hat-trick laid the platform for a 4-2 Allestree victory over Derbyshire Amateurs, Luke Tozer with the other goal.
In the Premier Division, league leaders Willington beat Belper United 2-1 with goals from Sam Bartram and James Peck while a Nick Scothern goal enabled Castle Donington Town to draw 1-1 with Wirksworth Town.
In division two, Melbourne Dynamo Reserves edged a nine-goal shoot-put against Mickleover RBL Reserves 5-4.
Farrell Scott (2), Ben Dale, Steve Byram and Jack Tivey scored the Melbourne goals but RBL will be disappointed having led 4-3 with ten minutes to play.
Kulwinder Bria scored all four of the Punjab United Reserves goals as they beat Wirksworth Ivanhoe 4-1. Jack Higton got the Ivanhoe reply.
A brace of Kevin Edges go als and one from Craig Gateley enabled Roe Farm to beat Hilton Harriers 3-2.
Wayne Randall, Danny Nelson and Mark McGill were all on target for Ambergate in a 3-3 draw with Pastures Reserves.
The DCFA Divisional Cup southern section tie between Mickleover RBL and Findern was finally played at the sixth time of asking.
Even then it went to extra time before Mickleover won 2-1 with goals from Ashley Moore and David Coe.
There was one tie played in the third round of the competition and saw Melbourne Dynamo beat Ashbourne United 5-0. The goals came from Matt Jones (2), Alex Slater, Dave Brough and Tom Donnachie.
In the northern section, Cromford went down 6-1 at Whaley Bridge Athletic, Craig Spencer with the sole reply goal, while Rowsley ‘86 went down 2-1 at Chapel Town, Aaron O’Neill with the Rowsley goal.
In the county junior cups, Holbrook St Michaels Reserves lost 4-2 to Sandiacre Town Reserves in the southern section. Liam Wilkinson scored both the Holbrook goals.
In the other tie, Allenton United Reserves won 3-2 at Swanwick Pentrich Road Reserves who had Lee Scott and Danny Kelsall on target.
In the northern section, Rowsley ‘86 Reserves progressed with a 2-1 win at Youlgrave with goals from Liam Hallam and Haydn Travis.