Market Harborough 1
Derwent HC 4
Derwent firsts completed the double over bottom-of-the-league Market Harborough to restart their season in winning ways.
An early pushback deprived Derwent of the services of Nick Harrod-Evans but debutant John Beardsley stepped in to add experience to the front line.
Derwent started the game positively with Richard Wildgoose and Ben Everett-Li combining well down the right whilst Steve Langrick and Tom Ellison attacked down the left.
This pressure reaped early reward when Langrick received an excellent through ball from James Bolus only for his cross to be cut out by a Harborough foot in the area; the subsequent penalty corner being converted by Everett-Li.
With Everett-Li finding plenty of space in front of midfield partners Dean Stevens, Chris Hall and Joe Skinner, he lifted a pass to Langrick, who rounded the keeper and scored from a tight angle.
Coach Richard Colchester called the changes to keep the front line fresh and with Harborough playing a very patient game, Adam Orduna, Matt Bacon, James Woodard and Tom Higton had plenty of time to play the ball out of defence.
With the Derwent forwards continuing their swift attacks, Wildgoose won another penalty corner and the rebound from Beardsley’s initial strike was converted by Everett-Li.
Harborough upped their game from the start of the second-half and more pressure was exerted on Jamie Carlin’s goal; the defence weathering these attacks until Harborough finally converted a penalty corner.
As Harborough tired, Derwent regained control of the game and after spurning two good chances, Langrick won a final penalty corner which was dispatched with aplomb by debutant Beardsley to seal the victory.