Category: Reserves

Reserves Go Down At Melbourne

By Peter Scherer

It was another disappointing afternoon for Mickleover Reserves as they visited Melbourne Dynamo in the CML Derbyshire County Cup.

With a squad of only 12 players, there was little room for manoeuvre tactically.

After a scrappy start with niggly fouls, Mickleover began to work well in the box, but couldn’t get a telling shot in. But then a weak back pass left the hosts with the easy task of finding the back of the net and it was 0-1.

Fin Ryder then managed a shot across the face of the goal, but there was no one to finish it off and then Marshall crossed from the byline, but straight into the keepers hands.

Mickleover were on level terms after a clearance from Ronnie Bonser sent Marshall clear, but as the keeper came out there was a defensive mix up, from where Elliott lobbed over his head and into the net, 1-1.

Charlie Rock played the ball out of defence to find Marshall again, but his attempt was blocked. Then Sports defence failed to clear and it was 1-2.

The home keeper had made a good save from a Marshall effort, but Rock was having to work hard at the back to keep the one goal deficit.

A throw for Melbourne then brought little response from the Mickleover and left the hosts with a free shot to make it 1-3. Mickleover then had one last chance after Marshall was fouled, but the free kick was wasted and it was game over.

Reserves Go Down At Pinxton

By Peter Scherer

Mickleover Reserves were in action over the weekend, visiting Pinxton for their first game in two weeks.

Sloppy defending from the kick off gave the hosts an early lead, 0-1, before Mickleover started to fight back and put a ball across the goal face, but no one was there to collect.

As they continued to seek the equaliser, Rock sent Marshall on a run, but the keeper saved, and then Ryder had a shot cleared off the line.

Elliott then fired over after a good strong build up, but Pinxton were then awarded a corner, which was a clear goal kick and scored number two before half-time, 0-2.

The second half started with Mickleover on the offensive and looking much stronger, they limited the hosts to just one chance, which unfortunately was converted without reply and so it ended pointless 0-3.

Third Time Unlucky For Sports Reserves

by Peter Scherer (Notes provided by Mickleover Reserves Twitter)

It was back to league action for Mickleover Reserves, after last week’s Derbyshire Cup win.

For the third time this season Clay Cross were the opponents, but this time it was on home soil, as the team sought to make amends for the previous two defeats.

It didn’t start well as the visitors were soon one up, after Charlie Rock’s initial clearance came back in, beat keeper Tom Bill and rebounded off the bar, straight to a Clay Cross striker, 0-1.

Mickleover’s first attack showed promise though, when Harry Atwal started a move and found Declan Brown. He layed the ball off to Ben Horleston but the shot was over.

Brown went close himself shortly afterwards, when after a good build up he beat the visitors keeper, hit the post and saw the rebound land straight into the keepers arms.

Mickleover had a couple of corners and some promising build up, but were struggling to get a final shot in.

Bill made another save from a longer distance volley and then Atwal sent Brandon Ferron on a run down the left, he squared the ball, but a defender just beat Elliott to the ball and the chance was gone.

Clay Cross were swift and direct on the break and when the ball bounced over Ronnie Bonser, the chasing striker was goal side of Rock and chipped Bill to make it 0-2.

There was another early strike in the second half to make it 0-3 for the visitors, before Atwal sent in perfect free kick for Sports, but no one collected.

It wasn’t Mickleover’s day as the game finally ended with 0-4 defeat and we now look forward to visiting Pinxton on the 26th.


Sports Reserves Hit Belper For Eight!

By Peter Scherer (Information provided by Mickleover Reserves Twitter)

It wasn’t only the Mickleover first team winning last Saturday, as the Reserve side were Derbyshire Cup action at Belper Utd Reserves, coming away 8-1 winners.

Sports had control from the start with two early shots and corners.

The Belper keeper managed to save from both Elliott and Declan Brown, before Harry Atwal put the ball across the face of the goal, with no one picking it up. Elliott then crossed from an Atwal ball, but again it was a chance missed.

Belper the had their first attack, earning a corner which the Mickleover defence failed to clear. The ball was then bundled into the net 0-1.

Owen Parr then set up Brown, who rounded the keeper. A home defender tried to clear off the line, but it was 1-1.

Elliott soon added to the tally rounding the defence to shoot over the keeper, 2-1 and then Brown hit his second to make it 3-1.

It was very one -sided but after Atwal confused the defence, his free-kick was then cleared. The keeper then saved after a square ball from Elliott to Brown had been deflected by a defender.

Charlie Rock then outwitted a defender, to find Elliott, who beat two more defenders before burying it inside the left-hand post 4-1.

There was one more before half-time too, after some great play down the right from Ben Horleston. He beat the defence and then the rebound from his effort was successfully met by Fin Ryder, 5-1.

The bobbly pitch had caused a few problems but early into the second half Rock had played the ball out of defence for Brown to collect. The ball bobbled as he made his shot, but as the keeper went to save it bobbled again and it was 6-1.

Belper then managed their second shot of the game, before Parr made it 7-1 and a lovely one-two before he fired home.

But they hadn’t finished yet and Brown had a fine solo run to score his fourth and make it 8-1 deep in the right-hand corner.

It could easily have been more as Rock played a crossfield ball to Ronnie Bonser, but the bobble beat him again and his shot was blocked.

Brandon Ferron went close with late free kick, cleared by a defender, before sub Cozens put a cross across goal face, as Mickleover pounded the defence until the final whistle.

Home Win For Sports Reserves

By Peter Scherer (Information provided by Mickleover Reserves Twitter)

Although Mickleover Reserves were always on top in their Central Midlands League Premier South match at home to Mansfield Hosiery, the 2-1 final score didn’t really reflect their dominance.

Starting line-up: Bill, Leighton, Ferron, Bonser, Rock, Mills, Parr, Horleston, Brown, Ryder, Elliott.

Three early shots managed to earn an early corner for Mickleover, before the visiting keeper made his first save of the afternoon from a deflected Fin Ryder shot.

Brandon Ferron then found Pablo Mills, to set up Elliott who shot over the bar.

The pressure continued on the visitors defence, when Charlie Rock sent a cross field ball to Ferron, but the final shot was wide.

Jack Leighton had a shot wide too, before Mickleover finally found the net, with Leighton again cutting in from the right to fire past the keeper, 1-0.

With Ferron and Mills combining again, they set up Leighton once more, but the shot was wide, before Elliott had a shot tipped over, after Mills set up the move.

It could have been two just before half-time but Ronnie Bonser’s cross was just too long for Mills to connect properly.

The second half kicked off with more of the same, Mills appeared to pick his spot in the top corner, but it was just wide, but then he found Declan Brown, who fired past the keeper for 2-0.

Mansfield had managed to earn a corner, but the Mickleover pressure recommenced, with Owen Parr firing a shot from long range.

Rock then linked up with Ben Horleston and Leighton, but Mills final shot lacked pace, then a midfield mistake allowed Mansfield through down the right and it was 2-1.

Mickleover came back to earn a free kick, Mills rose above the rest, with Ferron following up. After a Mills shot was deflected, Leighton put the ball back into the box, but Rock misjudged his final header.

Mansfield looked dangerous again on the break and suddenly the one goal lead was under threat. But although the ball was kicked out of Tom Bill’s handed, a corner was still awarded, but Bill had it covered.

Leighton again led an attack, beating the offside trap, before earning a corner when the keeper saved. Then Rock found Mills, who was then flagged offside.

Harry Atwal came on for Ryder, before Leighton made a crossfield run, just failing to connect with Mills. But Brown had a chance for his second with a one on one with the Mansfield keeper. But the keeper stood tall and it was another corner.

Horleston then found Mills who put a late header just wide, but with the final minutes end to end again, Mansfield’s heroic keeper even came up for the final corner, sending a header just over the bar, as it remained a 2-1 victory to Mickleover.

Next Saturday the reserves are in action again, away to Ashland.

Brown Goal Earns Reserves Away Point

by Peter Scherer (Information provided from Mickleover Reserves Twitter)

A second half goal from Declan Brown secured a point for Mickleover Reserves, as they made the short trip to face Central Midlands League Premier Division South newcomers Derby Singh Brothers.

After the first minutes had been end to end, both sides had half chances after defensive mistakes.

But Sports got going and began to use both wings effectively, with Fin Ryder just about to take the first real shot, before a defender intercepted.

After the hosts hit the bar, Elliott tried a long range shot for Sports just over the bar. There were a couple more chances for Mickleover, before Singh Bros got a break. Zak Sandhu gave away a free kick, but although it split the wall, it was wide of the post.

Brown had a shot saved after an excellent build up down the right and then the first substitution was made with Ryan McKeever-Atkins on for Elliott.

But Sports finished the first half strongly with the keeper saving an Owen Parr header from a Jack Leighton cross to earn a corner, before Brandon Ferron put his shot straight at the keeper.

It was a bright start to the second half too as Ryder cut through the home defence and had his shot saved, before McKeever-Atkins fired the rebound over.

Mickleover had started to control the midfield more and after Ronnie Bonser had set up a break, Brown was then in space to collect and made it 1-0.

Keeper Bill then set up another positive move, with Charlie Rock, Sandhu and Bonser, before Brown found McKeever-Atkins who just failed to get a final shot in.

But it was soon 1-1 when Rock gave away a penalty and Singh Bros converted the spot kick.

Dean Ironmonger and Jayden Cozens came on and immediately combined, but failed to test the home keeper with the final effort.

Cozens got late break too, but a last ditch tackle from a home defender saved the day and despite a few more chances before the final whistle, they failed to convert and it remained level pegging.

Disappointing Show From Sports Reserves

by Peter Scherer (Information provided by Mickleover Reserves Twitter)

Mickleover Reserves were probably expecting to come home with three points from their visit to Wirksworth Ivanhoe, being in the lower half of the Central Midlands League Premier Division South.

It started well enough earning an early corner after some confusion in the home defence. 

Dean Ironmonger had a 30 yard shot, but it was straight at the keeper, before Sports keeper Joshua Maher had to make a save from close range.

Brandon Ferron had started to cause trouble for the hosts down the left-hand side and set up Fin Ryder for another long range effort, but it was straight at the keeper again.

The same pair threatened again shortly afterwards, but Ryder was unable to get full control to get a final shot in.

But attacks were flowing for Mickleover and Declan Brown chested down to lay the ball off to Owen Parr, but his shot was deflected for a corner.

Ironmonger gave the keeper a fairly easy save from his next effort, but despite the Mickleover pressure, it was Wirksworth that capitalised on a defence mistake and looped the ball over the advancing Maher 0-1.

Ferron put in another cross but it was too high for Charlie Rock to connect and then sent Ryder on a run, but Ironmonger’s final shot was deflected.

But once again Wirksworth picked up on defensive errors and made in 0-2 from close range as the defence failed to clear their ranks.

Into the second half and Rock had to make a recovering tackle after his initial slip, before Maher made a finger stop from a free kick, to deny the hosts a third goal.

Maher had to come to the rescue again to punch clear and was on hand to clear the danger after a further mix up.

But Sports kept trying to fight back and Jack Leighton had a header just off target, before Ironmonger was replaced by Ryan McKeever-Atkins.

Parr set up a long range shot for Ronnie Bonser, but it was over and Rock tried to set Brown free, but the defence held tight. 

Jayden Cozens was a late sub for Brown, but Ferron’s late free kick earned a corner, but the full time whistle arrived and it remained 0-2.


Ryder Goals Secures A Point For Reserves

by Peter Scherer

Mickleover Reserves earned a well-deserved point last Saturday, when they faced Central Midlands League Premier Division rivals Teversal.

Sports started the stronger of the two sides, as Charlie Rock, Jack Leighton and Declan Brown combined after a corner, with the final effort just wide.

Fin Ryder then charged through to cross, but there was no one in the middle, but a few minutes later he was in the action again, on the end of a 20 plus pass build up, before the visitors keeper saved his shot.

Brown was next to burst through the defence. He was met by the advancing keeper, diving at the young strikers feet, before the defence recovered and cleared the danger.

Teversal gradually started to get into the game more, but it was Brown causing problems for the defence again. He went one on one with the keeper, but his shot was just wide.

After lots of promise the opening goal finally arrived, after a Leighton charge down the right. His cross caused confusion between the keeper and a defender, and Ryder collected to make it 1-0.

Brown managed to set up Sam Harrison for another shot before half time, but his powerful effort was over the bar.

Teversal came out for the second half with all guns blazing. They hit the post, before home keeper Tom Bill claimed it after visitors third attempt, before an unmarked striker hit the bar shortly afterwards.

Bill had saved a free kick,  but it wasn’t long before Teversal were back on equal terms, after a cross fell out of Rock’s reach and landed nicely for the visitors to hit it home 1-1.

There was one more chance for Mickleover before the final whistle, when Dean Ironmonger, who had subbed for Brown, broke through the defence, but his shot lacked power to trouble the keeper.

The point put Mickleover into third place in the table, three points behind Teversal, but with two games in hand. They are at home next week too when they face Wirksworth Ivanhoe, who are currently 13th.

(information provided by Mickleover Reserves twitter)

Reserves Bow Out of Cup

by Peter Scherer

Having gone down 1-3 at Clay Cross in the league last month, Mickleover Reserves were hoping to gain revenge over their North Derbyshire rivals in the League Cup.

The hosts went ahead early on through Max Dungworth, but the young Mickleover side fought back with avengeance. Owen Parr created space for his own shot, tipped over the bar by the home keeper.

The following corner then found Declan Brown who took his chance superbly to make it 1-1.

But Clay Cross kept pushing forward with sustained pressure, as Mickleover sometimes found it hard to clear their ranks.

Zak Sandhu had a free kick cleared after Jack Leightonwas fouled and keeper Tom Bill had to be quick off the mark after a Clay Cross break.

Mickleover had another free kick, but the keeper saved Louis Penningtons initial effort, only for Charlie Rocks header from the resulting free kick to be saved easily by the home keeper.

McKeever-Atkins then managed to cut in across the visitors box to find Dean Ironmonger, but the striker was deemed offside as the half time whistle was blownall square.

Bill then had to pull off a tremendous save from a Clay Cross free kick to keep it level, before some defensive errors kept the pressure on Bill.

After Mickleover had an early corner in the second half as they looked for the lead, it was the hosts who found the back of the net, with Kurt Morley breaching the defence on the far post. 1-2.

Although Clay Cross had a player sin binned for 10 minutes, Mickleover failed to capitalise on the 10-men and the score remained 1-2 as Mickleover bow out of the Central Midlands League Cup.

The Reserves are without a game now until they face Teversal at the Don Amott Arena on October 8th.

(information provided by Mickleover Reserves Twitter)

Reserves Extend Winning Streak

by Peter Scherer

Mickleover FC Reserves are now fourth in the Central Midlands League Premier South Division table and only a point from top, following their third successive win last Saturday.

With two early corners conceded by visitors Cromford & Wirksworth FC, Mickleover soon had the upperhand and following a foul on Fin Barker, Louis Pennington saw his free kick rebound off the wall.

But Pennington then sent Brandon Ferron through to cut inside, his shot was heading for goal, but a final touch from Barker made sure. 1-0.

The visitors had failed to create much in response, but a rare break was blocked by Rock, who was looking a solid pairing in the middle of defence with Ethan Mann.

Some promising and creative Mickleover play in midfield kept Sports going forward, but wasn’t creating the chances.

But after Barker was fouled again, he took the free kick which was cleared again as it came off the wall, so it remained 1-0 at half time.

It was the defenders on the attack early into the second half, when Mann found Rock, who couldn’t quite get his shot in before it was cleared.

Ferron put a couple of good crosses in, but there was no one on the end of it, then Zak Sandhu came on after Ferron took a knock, joined by Sam Harrison on for Cozens.

Sandhu’s first job was to block a Cromford shot, but the following corner wasn’t cleared and they shot just wide.

But shortly afterwards Cromford won a free kick, which wasn’t cleared, the follow up shot hit the bar, before another header breached keeper Fin Bowen’s defence and it was 1-1.

Mickleover were on the charge again though and Barker had a shot well saved by the visitors keeper. Sandhu and Harrison then combined to win another corner, with Pennington winning a free kick, which he took himself and was well held by the keeper after he breached the wall.

Sandhu hit the bar after a cross from Ronnie Bonser, before two more changes were made. Harry Atwal and Dean Ironmonger came on for Fin Ryder and Jack Leighton.

But Barker was running at the Cromford defence again and was fouled. Atwal stepped up to take the free kick and curled it past the wall into the top left-hand corner, with the keeper well beaten 2-1.

Mickleover continued to push hard but Cromford had far from given up and responded too. There was a late break too for Harrison in the final minutes, but his shot was just of target.

The Reserves are back in action again on Saturday when they visit Clay Cross in the League Cup, before their league campaign resumes with Teversal at home on October 8th.

(Information contributed by Mickleover Reserves FC Twitter)