Updated: Apr 24
It was busy #MatchweekTwentyOne with two sides progressing to the semi-finals of the ESPFA Cup and ESPFA Derbyshire (Mickleover Black) putting the pressure on in the Midlands division.
ESPFA Lancashire (Skelmersdale United) were the first side to book their spot in the ESPFA Cup knockout stages on Monday with a comprehensive six goal victory over ESPFA Staffordshire (Stafford Town). Goals from Matt Disley, Leyton Baines, Calvin Haddock, James Carney and a brace from Dom Evans secure the all important three points which confirmed the Blue's as group winners.
The following day there were two inter-club derbies, both in the cup with ESPFA West Midlands (Rushall Olympic Amber) coming out as victors for the fourth time this season against ESPFA West Midlands (Rushall Olympic Black) with goals from Josh Langley, Mattaeus Morgan, Jamie Bryan and an own goal securing a 4-0 win for the 'hosts'.
A late goal from Amin Mouflih was the difference between the Red's and Black's of ESPFA Derbyshire (Mickleover FC), his strike giving the Black's the all important three points and advantage in the East Midlands group.
In part two of #MatchweekTwentyOne on Thursday, ESPFA Greater Manchester (Mossley AFC) kept their slim hopes of qualifying alive with a 5-3 victory over ESPFA West Yorkshire (Brighouse Town) in the hosts final game of the season.
The visitors took a lead into half time through Aladin Yasin and doubled their lead immediately after the break through Kristian Atanasov. A further two goals from Atanasov and a strike from Kian Hepburn was enough to secure the maximum points with a brace from Oliver Midgley and a Bobby Hamer strike for the hosts ensuring the games was competitive to the end.
In the North West group, the game between ESPFA Cheshire (Runcorn Linnets) and ESPFA Cheshire (Witton Albion) was called off minutes before kick off due to a torrential downpour that flooded the pitch.
In the final group game of the week, ESPFA West Midlands (Rushall Olympic Amber) hosted ESPFA Derbyshire (Belper Town) and got the win they needed to progress to the semi-finals of the ESPFA Cup with goals from Mattaeus Morgan and Jack McDermott enough to secure the win.
The Midlands division continues to hot up with ESPFA Derbyshire (Mickleover FC Black) putting the pressure on their divisional title rivals with a fine win at ESPFA Nottinghamshire (Carlton Town)
Sancho Ayodeji-Ansell put the hosts ahead with a well worked free kick goal, heading home the opener and putting the pressure on the visitors.
Nimrod Hidrom tucked away a penalty to equalise to send the make the scores level after 45.
The visitors took the lead through a fantastic solo goal from Taylor Quenby. His quick feet and turn of pace presented him with the opportunity to put his side ahead which he did with a near post finish.
Quenby was also involved in the all important third goal, the young attacker raced through and his shot was well saved by Cagen Goddard which was rebounded by Quenby but his slip allowed Nehemie Israel to storm through and chip to secure his side the win.
In the final game of the day, ESPFA Staffordshire (Stafford Town) travelled to ESPFA Derbyshire (Mickleover FC Red) but returned empty handed after a strong performance from the hosts.
Lennon Higgins put his side ahead when he was first in a race with Mcluskie in goal and slotted home into an empty net.
The second came soon after when Miro Saleri-Palmer tucked away a teasing cross from six yards.
Mcluskie then pulled off a superb save from Higgins to keep the score at 0-2 before Charlie Price got the all important third goal when he latched onto a poor pass to get his first of the game.
His second came soon after when he fired in at the back post before Dylan James made it a five star performance in the first half when his strike from 16 yards deflected in.
To Stafforshire's credit, they came out in the second half determined and had a few chances to get on the scoresheet but further goals from Charlie Price - his hat-trick - and Josh Davenport took the game away from the visitors.
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Special mention to #ESPFADerbyshire student Nimrod Hidrom who was named as the #PlayerOfTheWeek for two player of the match performances for ESPFA Derbyshire (Mickleover FC Black) against ESPFA Derbyshire (Mickleover FC Red) and ESPFA Nottinghamshire (Carlton Town)
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