KIRKBURTON’S second string enjoyed derby delight after beating Marsden 5-0.
With Burton’s first team game being postponed it gave manger Dean Calcutt a chance to watch the reserves and he wasn’t disappoainted.
The West Riding County Amateur League Reserve Division game – one of only six matches to beat the freeze – started well for Kirkburton, with Marsden’s back four and goalkeeper under immediate pressure
Adrian Smith fired Burton ahead with a shot from close range on eight minutes before Ryan Robinson tried his look from 25 yards, but he skied it over the bar.
Kirkburton should have been awarded a penalty, after the ball was cleared for a corner by a defender’s hand, but the referee didn’t see the incident.
But it wasn’t long after when Burton doubled their tally when a long ball was floated into the box by Adam Wilson and was met by Marsden’s centre-back who put it past his own keeper.
Ryan Jagger made it 3-0 with a deserved goal when he played a one-two with James Mellor and slotted the ball into the bottom corner, giving the keeper no chance.
Marsden’s first real chance came on 40 minutes when Ben Jebson headed the ball straight to a striker’s feet, but he fluffed it and the shot went wide.
Some intricate play between the two Ryan’s, Jagger and Robinson, led to the fourth goal before the break when Jagger laid the ball to Mellor’s feet. He tried to turn the defender and lost the ball but it fell kindly for Andy Dunstan to score.
Marsden came out in the second half determined to get something out of the game, and had their first shot on 46 minutes, but it was straight at stand-in keeper Jordan Tindle.
Josh Ingham, on as a substitute for Burton, should have done better after turning the defender in the box but he snatched at his shot which flew over.
Matthew Credland found himself in the opposition’s goalmouth to receive an accurate cross from Adrian Smith, but the ball ended up in the Burton club president’s garden!
Burton added a fifth goal on 85 minutes with another own goal from Marsden and the win enables the reserves to move to third in the league with games in hand on their rivals.