Derwent 1sts 5
Leicester University 0
Derwent extended their unbeaten run with an impressive victory over a youthful university side, although impressive is only the way it looked from the scoresheet.
At times during the game, Derwent made life difficult for themselves by giving the ball away at frequent intervals and almost inviting Leicester Uni on to them, in an attempt to thrown away their lead.
Keeper and captain Jamie Carlin was at the fore as he came out to take the ball and cleaned out his own defender Matt Bacon at the same time while James Bolus mistook his own defender for a Leicester Uni forward and passed it straight to him.
Derwent had taken the lead early on when Miles Smurthwaite smashed the ball into the area and it got stuck under the goalkeeper’s foot. Ben Everett-Li pounced on the ball before anyone else to tap the ball in.
Derwent doubled their lead shortly after when the same two combined again. This time Smurthwaite and set up Everett-Li again for a tap-in and then Everett-Li turned provider for Rob Bristow to arrow the ball in and give Derwent a healthy half time lead.
After a half-time team talk by coach Heath Roberts which centred around the line ‘the first ten minutes are the most important, don’t let them score!’ you would have thought Derwent would start solidly but how wrong could you be?
Derwent managed to play the first 20 minutes as if they didn’t know which team they were on and how to hold the sticks.
Constantly giving the ball away and trying to hit long magic balls, they eventually turned it around and even though they were playing badly Leicester Uni could not find a way through.
Steve Langrick then extended Derwent’s lead before Everett-Li completed his hat-trick to make it a comfortable looking victory for Derwent.
Next week will be a sterner test for Derwent as they entertain fellow table toppers Leicester at fortress Wirksworth.
If Derwent are to realistically stand a chance of promotion this year, they need to make sure they win next week and stamp their authority on the league.