Hayfield claim Cliff Ellis Memorial Trophy glory

Hope Valley League round-up, with Richard Rutherford:
Hayfield celebrate their cup final win. Photo: Giles Wyatt.Hayfield celebrate their cup final win. Photo: Giles Wyatt.
Hayfield celebrate their cup final win. Photo: Giles Wyatt.

The weekend began with the final of the Cliff Ellis Memorial Trophy on Friday evening, held at the Tarmac Silverlands Stadium.

This was between A Division League winners Hayfield and bottom of the table Blazing Rag who had done really well to reach the final.

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It proved to be an exciting encounter with Blazing Rag putting up a good fight despite going down 5-1.

They scored the best goal of the game, a 30-yard wonder goal by Ethan Waplington, but in the end the class of Hayfield prevailed with goals from a Jack Howell brace, Josh Barlow, George Howell and Oliver Wyatt. This all before an excellent crowd of over 300.

In the Premier League, there was a key game switched to Silverlands between the top two sides. Dove Holes, with both goals from Tom Forder, overcame Chapel Town 2-1, their goal coming from Josh Edwards. This brings Dove Holes to within one point of the leaders with a game in hand.

Baslow recorded a good 4-2 home win over FC Matlock with goals from Jacob Robins, Joel Atack, Tom Elliott and Lewis Talbot.

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The other game saw an excellent 2-1 home win for Tideswell United over Buxworth thanks to goals from Jamie Gibbs and Rob Wain. Buxworth replied through Joe Armstrong.

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There was just one game in the A Division with Chapel Town Reserves going down 6-3 at home to The 19th Hole. The second placed side's goals came from a Liam Brookes hat-trick, Peter Richardson, Craig Robinson and an own goal.

Saturday fixtures (all 2pm):

Premier Division:

Bamford v Baslow, Buxworth v Dronfield Woodhouse, Furness Vale v Tideswell United

A Division:

Buxworth Reserves v Youlgreave United, Chapel Town Reserves v Blazing Rag, Hathersage v The 19th Hole