Alfreton come out on top on derby day

Alfreton overcame lower league opponents Matlock Town in a hotly-contested clash at Causeway Lane for a place in the Derbyshire Senior Cup final with Mickleover Sports.

Both managers made it clear they take the competition seriously with only a couple of changes to each side.

As the action got underway a minute's applause took place to appreciate the life of legendary World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks.

The early moments of the game were dominated by long balls from both sides as they took their time to settle into the game.

Five minutes into the game, Jordon Sinnot found the path of Styche with a wonderfully controlled outside-of-the-boot through ball which gave Styche enough space to take it to the right of the 'keeper and find the back of the net for Alfreton.

After the goal the two teams battled it out in the midfield as the Gladiators created their first chance of the game via a free kick that fell to Margetts, feet but he could only find the side-netting.

Twenty minutes into the game, Matlock players and fans alike appealed for a penalty after Jamie Jackson dribbled past two Alfreton defenders and appeared to have been tripped but nothing was given.

Just moments later there were more appeals for a penalty, but this time for Alfreton after a fifty-fifty challenge left a Alfreton forward on the floor injured, but once again nothing was given.

Just a few minutes after the Alfreton appeals, Matlock are gifted a penalty after Margetts is tripped just inside the box.

Margetts stepped up and calmly slots the penalty down the middle to bring his side level after 25 minutes.

After the Gladiators equaliser, the home side started to become more and more confident on the ball in their opponents' half and seemed to be the most likely to get the next goal.

Five minutes before the break, Matlock earned themselves a free-kick that was directed towards the front post and Margetts managed to connect with the cross first time and direct it in the bottom right corner.

With one minute to go, Alfreton launched a counter attack as a lofted pass found the head of Allan but he could only guide it wide.

The first real chance of the second half came to Alfreton's Bobby Johnson as his attempted flick past Durrant was unsuccessful, but Alfreton had regained control of the game and Matlock appeared to be dropping off more.

A couple of stoppages later Durrant in the Matlock net made an outstanding save to deny Jordon Sinnot‘s long-range effort.

Just minutes later after his first save, Durrant came to the rescue for Matlock again as he stopped Sinnot's shot, once again ,which was heading for his top right corner.

Sixty minutes into the game, Danny O'Brien received a short corner, drifted past two Matlock defenders and fired past the resilient ex-Red Durrant to make to 2-2.

After ten minutes of hard work Alfreton got another to take the lead as Styche connected perfectly with a lofted pass over the Matlock defenders and gave the Reds a well-deserved 3-2 lead.

Five minutes later Yates commited a malicious tackle on an opponent which saw him sent off after the players gathered with all the emotion of a derby day boiling over.

With just a few minutes to go, Matlock went down to nine men after making all their subtitutions and an injured player left the field, giving the Galdiators very little hope of clawring a result back.

With Matlock defenders tiring, Bobby Johnson was given plenty of space inside the box to give Alfreton a 4-2 lead and more than certainly send Matlock out of the cup.

Alfreton will face Mickleover in the final after the fierce encounter with their local rivals.

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