07 February 2017
Derbyshire Senior Cup holders Alfreton Town were knocked out of this season's competition at the semi-final stage when neighbours Matlock Town triumphed 5-4 on penalties after an exciting 90 minutes.
Craig Westcarr and Tom Allan had given the Reds a comfortable two goal advantage inside 18 minutes, only to fall behind late in the game as Marcus Dinanga claimed a hat-trick before Westcarr scored a late equaliser from the penalty spot.
The hosts had started positively with Dwayne Wiley, Niall McManus and Ted Cribley all going close, but Alfreton scored from their first meaningful attack in the 14th minute when Westcarr found the roof of the net when Monkhouse pulled back Allan's deep cross.
Four minutes later Paul Marshall found the overlapping Niall Heaton on the left, whose cross was hooked in at the near post by Allan, but a swift break by Matlock in the 32nd minute saw Dinanga steer the ball in from close range from an Andrew Wright cross.
McManus then saw Spiess tip the ball onto the post on 34 minutes.
In the early stages of the second half Allan drilled wide and had a shot blocked in a scramble inside the Matlock penalty area.
With 68 minutes gone Dinanga was sent through to side-step Spiess and find the net from a diminishing angle to make the score 2-2 then a dramatic finale saw Terry Kennedy handle a shot inside the area that resulted in Dinanga completing his hat-trick from the resultant penalty with eight minutes remaining.
Heaton then had what looked like a perfectly good header from a Mark Shelton free-kick disallowed for pushing, but Adam Yates inpeded Paul Clayton in the 88th minute, allowing Westcarr to restore parity from the penalty spot.
There is no legislation for extra time in the Derbyshire Senior Cup these days, so it was straight to a penalty shoot-out with Wright, Paul Ennis, and Dinanga all scoring for for the Gladiators whilst Monkhouse, converted for the Reds to make it the spot-kick score 3-3.
Cribley then smashed the ball against the crossbar, but Heaton's shot was saved by home keeper Phil Barnes before Liam Marsden edged the home side ahead 4-3.
Cecil Nyoni kept a cool head to level proceedings again, then Spiess saved from Jake Green only for Kennedy to blaze helplessly over with the tie at his mercy.
Yates scored Matlock's fifth shoot-out goal, and with the pressure mounting Clayton fired straight at Barnes and the contest had been settled with Matlock going on to meet Gresley FC after their 3-0 win over Buxton in the other semi-final.
Alfreton Town Team:
Spiess, Wilson ( Gascoigne h/t) (Jordan 74), McGowan, Kennedy, Heaton, Nyoni, Marshall ( Clayton 82), Monkhouse, Allan, Shelton, Westcarr.
Subs not used : Priestley, Hearn
Matlock Town Team:
Barnes, Marsden, Green, Taylor, A.Yates, Wiley ( Degirolamo 56), McManus, Wright, Ennis, Dinanga, Cribley
Subs not used : Newsham, J.Yates, Williams, Smith-Eccles
Referee: James Oldham