Derwent’s unbeaten run extended to four

Derwent Firsts George Taylor sees his shot blocked by the goalminders legs in their match against Leicester Westleigh.
Derwent Firsts George Taylor sees his shot blocked by the goalminders legs in their match against Leicester Westleigh.

Derwent 1sts 3

Leicester Westleigh 2

Derwent 1sts 2

Daventry 1sts 2

Derwent continued their unbeaten run with a double-header at the weekend.

On Saturday, in the East Midlands Division One, they earned a nail-biting win at home to midtable Westleigh.

Boasting a strong line-up, Derwent started strongly and the midfield of George Taylor and Dean Stevens posed massive problems.

Derwent took the lead when a well-won short corner saw Tom Ellison skilfully slot the ball home. Moments later, it was almost a rerun as Derwent won another short corner thanks to good work from Steve Langrick and Bradbury, and Ellison scored again thanks to a nice deflection.

The backline moved the ball around well in parts with captain Adam Orduna constantly thwarting any Leicester attacks thanks to his trademark tackling.

Jamie Carlin pulled off some fine saves but could do nothing about Leicester’s opening goal as a short corner was put away.

Derwent were pegged back again midway through the second half as a well-worked move saw Leicester level things up.

Derwent had plenty of chances to put the game out of sight but in the last 20 seconds a great run down the left from Steve Langrick set up James Bolus to snatch the win for Derwent.

On Sunday, Derwent stretched their unbeaten run to four games.

The pacy Joe Bradbury put Derwent in front, sprinting round and through five Daventry players.

But Derwent began to tire and, thanks to the impromptu downpour during the first half, seemed to struggle with the wet conditions. Their passing dipped and Daventry got back in the game, getting their equaliser just before half-time.

The second half saw Daventry take most of the play. Bradbury could have put Derwent into the lead in the opening moments but was unlucky to slot the ball wide and then Daventry snatched the lead.

Derwent got themselves back level again with Ellison on hand to fire the ball home.

But there was to be no late goal in this game and, despite Matt Bacon going off injured midway through the second half, Derwent held firm under serious pressure from Daventry.

Derwent will now travel to local rivals Rolls-Royce on Saturday hoping to extend their unbeaten run to five games.