Five unbeaten now for in-form Derwent

Tom Ellison - Derwent 1sts
Tom Ellison - Derwent 1sts

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Derwent stretched their unbeaten run to five games after securing a 4-1 victory over local rivals Rolls-Royce.

Although Derwent went a goal down early on, they responded in fine style with goals from Joe Bradbury, George Taylor, Miles Smurthwaite and Tom Ellison.

The win moves Derwent up to fifth place and while any hopes of putting together a promotion push will now rely on a minor miracle, at the very least it should allay any fears of being dragged into a relegation battle.

Both sides struggled to play with any fluidity and were guilty of giving the ball away far too cheaply.

Derwent could be excused for looking disjointed as they had to call up three players from the seconds on Friday night, after a series of players withdrew from the squad. Academy player Tom Higton, in particular, stood out.

Coach Heath Roberts commented: “I feel Tom has the potential to play the game at a high level, but he needs to work on his speed and strength.

“He’s still only 15, but if he’s prepared to put the work in, I’m sure that he will be playing in the first team next season.”

Derwent now face a challenging run of fixtures, starting with league leaders Wellingborough on Saturday.

“Wellingborough are the best team in the league by some margin, and we are going to have to be on top of our game to stand a chance of getting anything out of the game,” concluded Heath Roberts.

However, with a full squad available to choose from, Derwent may just be able to cause an upset, as they aim to keep their current impressive run going.