Derwent 1sts 0
Chesterfield ran out comfortable winners in the first north Derbyshire derby in over 20 years.
With Chesterfield relegated from the Midland League and Derwent promoted, this was always going to be a challenging game for the Wirksworth side, and so it proved.
Despite making an excellent start, with both Dean Stevens and Steve Langrick having clear chances against the Chesterfield keeper, they were unable to make this early pressure count.
And with ten minutes left in the first half, Chesterfield got their break through. A long ball exposed the Derwent defence and the Chesterfield forward played a slide rule pass to Adam Bointon who scored on the back post.
Derwent were to suffer more misfortune when defensive stalwart Matt Bacon was unable to continue when he suffered a suspected broken thumb.
With the scoreline at 1-0, Derwent were very much in the game. But, this would all change in a frantic ten minute-spell. Steve Langrick was penalised for a stick tackle, and, straight from the resultant free hit, Chesterfield got their second.
The goal settled the Spireites and they clicked through the gears, scoring a fantastic goal where their midfield combined with devastating precision to slice Derwent open.
With the scoreline looking increasingly ominous, Derwent still maintained their work ethic, but were further exposed from two penalty corners and a penalty stroke.
Things were to get even worse when Miles Smurthwaite was sin binned for a challenge, with 10 minutes remaining.
Jamie Carlin in the Derwent goal, pulled off a series of fine saves to keep Chesterfield at bay, but, without threatening at the other end, Derwent weren’t going to get back into the game.
Derwent coach Heath Roberts recognises there is work to be done to get things turned around.
“When playing against Chesterfield, we needed them to have a poor game, and for us to have a chunk of good luck. Unfortunately, we got neither.”
“Losing Matt at half-time wasn’t ideal. He was having an excellent game, and enabled Luke Boden to take a more advanced position. So it was something else we had to work around.”
“Our first half performances are good and we’re competitive, but we are losing out due to our fitness levels in the second half. The spirit in the group is good, and everyone is working hard to put things right.”
Derwent face another challenging game on Saturday when they take on Wellingborough.
But with a home tie, Derwent will be hoping to open their season’s account.