Hope Valley League round-up

Hope Valley League, Peak Dale v Holmesfield (green)
Hope Valley League, Peak Dale v Holmesfield (green)

The race for the Premier Division title looks like going down to the wire, with only a few weeks of the season remaining.

On Saturday Dove Holes leapfrogged Holmesfield and moved into top spot, after they secured a straightforward 5-1 win away at Bakewell Town.

Dove Holes, last year’s runners-up, took advantage of Holmesfield having a blank weekend as they went above them on goal difference and with the bonus of a game in hand.

Defending champions Bradwell also maintained their slim hopes of retaining the title after a 1-0 win at Peak Dale.

That win saw them stay within four points of the top two, with games in hand.

At the bottom, Hope Sports and Youlgrave United played out a 2-2 draw that means Youlgrave are mathematically relegated.

Hope meanwhile do have the slim opportunity to stay up, but must claw back a ten-point deficit with six games left to play.

Elsewhere, Tintwistle Villa recorded a 3-1 win over Furness Vale, as they moved up a spot.

In the A Division, Ashover did their goal difference the world of good as they hammered Chinley 13-0.

Just below them are Buxworth, who triumphed over Grindleford 4-2 to maintain the six-point gap between the two sides, although Ashover’s superior goal difference effectively counts for seven.

The big movers in the second tier were Tideswell Blue Star, who made the most of two games inside a week.

Blue Star thrashed Chinley 8-2 in midweek, before a weekend derby win over FC United Tideswell, 4-1.

Those six points see them move clear of relegation trouble, for the time being, and up to ninth.

In the B Division, Chesterfield Town closed the gap on leaders Bamford to six points.

They overcame Railway FC 4-3 in a topsy-turvy affair that means they keep up the pressure on Bamford, with the added benefit of three games in hand.

Elsewhere, Calver’s penultimate game of the season ended miserably as they were swept aside 7-1 away at Dronfield Town A.

• Meanwhile, the Hope Valley League will be staging its AGM this coming Monday (April 7).

Amongst the topics up for discussion will be the issue of relegation from the top tier, after the recent withdrawals of Brampton and Hunters Bar reduced the league to 12 teams.