Lockwood secures win over leaders

A Division: Tideswell Utd 1, Dronfield Woodhouse 0

TIDESWELL kept their promotion hopes alive with a well-earned three points against league leaders Dronfield.

The game started brightly and Westmerland almost opened his account as his header from a Jack Bradbury corner kick just went over the crossbar. Bradbury fired wide from distance, and Dave Lockwood had a goal ruled out for offside.

Liam Robinson looked assured at the back on his return to the side alongside the evergreen Joe Muir, while the Morris twins were dominant in the centre of the field.

United struggled to find a way past the stubborn visitors, and as half-time came there was nothing separating the sides, despite the home side’s superior possession.

The breakthrough came on the hour mark. Darren Morris delivered a sumptuous ball into the corner for Nick Wilson, whose cross into the six-yard box was flicked on by Jack Bradbury for the waiting Lockwood, who neatly finished from four yards.

United started to create chances. Bradbury should have scored but opted to pass and Wilson failed to beat the keeper as he burst through.

Wray also found himself with a sight of goal but opted to pass rather than take on the chance.

With 20 minutes on the clock Nick Hawley received his marching orders after picking up a second yellow card and this spurred on the league leaders.

With ten minutes to play referee Philip Roberts awarded Woodhouse a penalty after Robinson’s clumsy challenge on the forward, who then crashed the spot kick against the crossbar.

Tideswell: J Stanway, A Swanson, C Johnson, J Muir, De Morris, L Robinson, Da Morris, N Wilson, J Bradbury, J Westmerland, D Lockwood (D Wray). Unused Substitutes: S Baker, D Hopkins. Markovitz Man of the Match: Joe Muir.