Ramgarhia Second XI 0
Derwent Second XI 6
Derwent travelled for the first in a string of away games and handed out a 6-0 thumping to hosts to Ramgarhia of Derby.
Though the Derby side were bottom, they had enjoyed a positive run lately, so Derwent approached the game with caution. However, they were hopeful that, with their excellent performance the week before against Worksop giving confidence, they would be able to win.
Derwent gave it 100 per cent from the off with a strong attack from Mahir Raoof seeing a good pass to Tom Leech who set the ball up to Stevie Shortland. He coolly slotted the ball into the net after only 47 seconds and Derwent were off and running.
Derwent now set out to dominate but, despite the efforts of Gary Shardlow and Marcus Fraser, they were unable to convert further goals for the time being. Ramgarhia took advantage of Derwent playing high as they caught them on the counter-attack several times.
But expertly executed tackles by the solid backline of Steve King, Tom Higton and Alex Nigbur saw any attack of Ramgarhia soaked up.
Derwent then got their act together with a fast attack from Raoof to Leech who laid it off for a well-timed shot that Shardlow converted. Moments later, another breaking attack saw James Wildgoose make a spectacular run onto the ball and he then scored with solid flick past the Ramgarhia keeper.
Derwent came out in the second half passing the ball around much more, making fluid moves across the pitch.
This gave them countless opportunities to up the goal tally which indeed Tom Leech did with a simple but effective reverse hit that he piledrived into the bottom right corner. Despite the Dales side being on top of their games, Ramgarhia pressed and gained themselves a succession of short and long corners but again King was there to pick up the pieces after fine saves by keeper Tom Hodgetts, who went on to get his second clean sheet in a row.
The seconds pressed home their control through another strong winged attack off Wildgoose who smashed a shot in at waist height to see Shardlow expertly control the ball, hitting it first time into the back of the net.
In the dying seconds of play, after some great ball movement from Ben Morton and Leech to Nigbur, the latter supplied Shardlow with a fine ball and a simple lay-off to Shortland saw him score what possibly could be the goal of the season to make it 6-0 on the final whistle.
The 2nds are now locked in a battle for third place, with three teams now all locked on 25 points, though goal difference sees them hold onto fourth for now.
This week sees Derwent play an important local derby against High Peak side Buxton.