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Seven up for Draycott to boost title chances

It was another busy weekend in the Derbyshire Girls & Ladies League.

In Division One, leaders Draycott made the trip north to Buxton to play SK Vipers, and despite going behind came back to win 7-3 with an O’Connor hat-trick and a brace apiece for Turgoose and Ferris.

That win was all the more significant and brought the title a step closer as

second-placed Mickleover’s short trip across the City to Pride Park ended all square. The hosts made a strong start and goals from Znamirowska and an own goal gave them a 2-0 lead early in the second half, but Mickleover came back to grab a draw with goals from Jones and Bennett.

Wirksworth remain third after a win at Chesterfield Development, with goals from Heaney (2), Sheppard and Cook, Bryan (2) with the response from Chesterfield.

The meeting of the bottom two finished all square, Bell and Butcher scoring for Mercia, with Stevenson and Hawkins for Ilkeston. The hosts finished the game with nine players after Bear and Hawkins were sent off late in the game.

In Division Two, the first two places are wrapped up after Sandiacre finished their campaign with a comfortable win at Viper with goals from Fitch (2), Mee, Nield, Shaw and Lucas without reply. That win lifts Sandiacre into first place on goal difference ahead of Chesterfield Inspire Blues, after their game away to Shirebrook Rangers was postponed, and has been rescheduled for 6 June.

Woodlands Reserves can still take third spot, but must wait for the chance after their game against University of Derby was abandoned due to a thunderstorm - that game has been rescheduled for 30 May.

Matlock Town didn’t play and will need to win their final game against Shirebrook Rangers on 19 May to keep their hopes of third place alive.

Four goals for Ludlam and another for Keeling gave Sleetmoor United the points in a 5-1 win against a depleted Castle Donington, for whom the scorer was Ibbotson.