Derwent hit 16 to make history

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DERWENT Hockey Club’s 1st XI hammered Leicester Thursday 16-0 at the weekend in a record-breaking performance which will be long talked about by everyone who witnessed it.

The game started evenly with no real precursor of the blitz that was about to occur.

That was until Nick Harrod-Evans opened the scoring with a close range deflection.

This opened the floodgates with Harrod-Evans scoring a further five goals to complete a double hat-trick, a back to back hat-trick from Ben Everit-Lee, another hat-trick from Richard Wildgoose, two goals from Steven Langrick and one apiece from Tom Ellison and James Bolus.

Coach Heath Roberts was understandably delighted but said: “As far as I know, no team has won the league after three weeks, so I’ll be keeping everyone’s feet firmly grounded in training this week.

“As we have a number of new players in the team, I think we’re five weeks off from getting things completely sorted. Our attacking play is something to behold, but defensively we can still do better.”

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It was a performance that could only be applauded considering Derwent led six nil at half time. It would have been very easy for Derwent to drop off and relax, but if anything in the second half Derwent upped their performance even further, by scoring 10 more goals.

Meanwhile, Derwent Hockey Club would like to pass on a heartfelt tribute to Daniel Wheldon, brother of former player Ashley Wheldon, who died at the weekend following a horrific crash, while racing at Las Vegas.

The club says: “Our thoughts and prayers are with Ash and his family at this difficult time. Whilst Dan was not well known in the UK, Ash was so proud, and spoke so enthusiastically of his brother that we all became fans and subsequently, we all feel for his loss.

“All players, family and friends from Derwent and his current club Burton send their thoughts and prayers to to the Wheldon family.”