Stanton Ilkeston U13 raced into an early lead as they defeated Heanor Juniors 5-3.
Dylan Duke’s powerful strike after good work from Daniel Stokes on the right opened the scoring.
Heanor hadn’t settled when Duke doubled the lead moments later, capitalising on a defensive mix up.
Jordan Feakes was a whisker away from adding a third when his diving header went narrowly wide from another Stokes cross.
Duke nearly got a first half hat-trick, but this time the keeper was equal to his low drive, and then Stokes flashed a shot of his own just wide of the angle.
Heanor managed a shot of their own, but the frame of the goal came to Regan Atkinson’s aid in the Stanton goal.
This was a wake up call for the Ironmen and they responded with a wonderfully crafted five man move, which was finished off by Callum Oldershaw.
The wind was in Stanton’s sails again, Feakes again went close with a chip, but it was Kairan Bryce-Moore who made it four as he smashed in from close range.
There was still time for another goal in the first half, but this time it was for the visitors.
That set Heanor up nicely for the second half and they soon pulled it back to 4-2 early on.
Stanton were not as prolific in attack in the second half, but the central defensive pairing of Harry Foster and Harvey Bull was solid and faultless.
Louis Teasdale handled their pacey winger well at left-back and Bradley Mitchell was equally efficient on the opposite side.
The Ilkeston scoring was wrapped up when Stokes beat two defenders to coolly slot home for 5-2, before Heanor scored their third with five minutes to go.