Hope Valley title race could go down to final day

Dove Holes v Dronfield Woodhouse(blue)
Dove Holes v Dronfield Woodhouse(blue)

The race for the Premier Division title is down to just two teams after Dove Holes’ emphatic 5-0 win at Holmesfield last Saturday.

The win for the leaders moved them to 50 points, six clear of Holmesfield who have just two games remaining and therefore effectively out of the title race.

Elsewhere, Bradwell maintained their title hopes with a 2-0 triumph away at Tideswell United which moved them to 49 - just a single point behind Dove and with a game in hand.

Bradwell headed to Dronfield Woodhouse last night (Wednesday) where only a win would see them go top, due to their inferior goal difference.

In the A Division, two wins inside three days have secured survival for Chinley.

They beat Dove Holes reserves 3-1 last Wednesday, before a 5-0 surprise win over Buxton Town 48 hours later.

Cote Heath lost 6-4 at FC United Tideswell on Saturday to confirm their relegation, and they will be joined by Baslow, unless they win both their remaining matches, starting with the trip to second-placed Ashover last night (Wednesday).

In the B Division, Bamford completed their campaign last Wednesday with a 2-1 win over Buxworth Reserves. That win took them onto 61 points, but they face a wait to see if they will go up as champions.

Second-placed Chesterfield Town thrashed Bradwell Reserves 7-2 to stay within nine points of Bamford, but with four games left.

Furness Vale Reserves will finish bottom of the pile unless they defeat Buxworth Reserves this Saturday.