ALFIE Clowes scored the only goal of the game as Doveridge secured their Division Two status in the Burton and District Junior Football League with a superb victory over Gresley Rovers.
The first half belonged to Gresley with Doveridge defending well.
The defensive line-up of keeper Jamie Broad and defenders Clowes, Charlie Hughes and Rowan Bates, all had to work hard.
The front four of captain Aidan Fletcher, Joe Watts, Max Williams and Billy Eley also put in the work all over the pitch.
Broad kept the Doves at 0-0 with a fine diving save to ensure that the two sides went in at half time with all still to play for.
If the first half belonged to Gresley, the second half certainly belonged to the Doves.
They started on the front foot with Williams going close and Eley only a bootlace away from tapping in an excellent Williams cross.
Watts and Fletcher were working tirelessly in midfield, chasing every Gresley player down.
And Fletcher was marshalling the troops superbly once again.
Williams, as always, covered every blade of artificial grass as the Doves looked to find a way through.
Clowes, playing a cameo role up front, nearly put the Doves ahead.
A lovely passing move between Fletcher and Watts put him through, but the keeper was quickly off his line and managed to chest the ball away.
Doves then took a deserved lead. Hughes found Fletcher, who passed to Watts.
He released Eley who crossed in a great ball to find Clowes, who rifled the ball into the net to register his first goal of the season.
Bates at the back was his usual self – crunching into tackles and making sure there was no way through for Gresley.
Hughes was playing with a cool head in a confident display at right back.
When Gresley did find a way through, Broad was there to smother the ball.
The whole team battled for every ball determined to get that win.
The final whistle blew to cheers from the crowd, with the Doves taking a deserved three points following a cracking second-half display.
The man-of-the-match award was a tough call but went to match-winner Alfie Clowes (below) who worked extremely hard in defence and up front, scoring a cracking goal.