Ilkeston under 9 Whites 6
Chellaston Boys Red Sox 2
Chellaston took the lead after eight minutes while the Whites were slow to start and create the flowing football that they are capable of.
This opener followed a battle in midfield with both sides struggling to create any chances.
The Whites’ defence of Lewi Richardson and Adam Phelps had to work hard to stop Chellaston advancing out of the midfield, Just before half-time, Harvey Gilbert converted a penalty.
Whites started the second half a lot stronger but were unable to stop an attack by Chellaston and the resulting shot gave Chellaston the lead.
Whites were given another penalty after a handball in the box. Daniel Gray converted with ease and this seemed to wake up the Whites.
They then found their passing game and took control. Dylan Hemfrey put the Whites in the lead with a cheeky heel flick into the net. Gilbert scored a brace and Gray added another to give the Whites six. They need one more point from three games to guarantee them second place in their league.
Man of the match was Daniel Gray.
Ilkeston under 9 Reds 13
Ashbourne Aztec Lynx 0
The Reds took advantage of the league leaders not playing and took top spot themselves on goal difference.
In the first half, Aaron Birkin scored a brace after converting his runs down the wing, Ethan Lowe also bagged himself a brace and Daniel Eardley got his name on the scoresheet after running the ball from defence down the middle of the field and shooting into the top corner.
The second half saw more of the same. George Chapman and Canvern Stevenson-Harris were not troubled too much in defence but were able to keep concentration for when they were needed to clear any balls that came into the defence.
Birkin added a hat-trick in the second half to his brace in the first. Oliver Gregory got himself two goals, as did Ellis White. Eardley got himself another goal in much the same way as his first. With three league games left the Reds are guaranteed at least second place.
For sheer determination, Ellis White was awarded man of the match.