Derwent let a half-time lead slip as Boots recover

George Taylor scored Derwent's goal.
George Taylor scored Derwent's goal.

Derwent suffered a blow in their attempts to break away from the relegation zone in the East Midlands Premier League as they let a one-goal lead slip in the 2-1 home defeat to Boots on Saturday.

Knowing a win would have gone a long way to securing their EMPL status, Derwent started brightly and created some excellent opportunities.

However, they were ultimately left to think what might have been after losing their half-time advantage.

The match started brightly with both teams looking to take the initiative.

Richard Wildgoose, Rob Bristow and Dean Stevens all had clear opportunities to open the scoring, but a combination of good goalkeeping and a lack of composure meant the game remained goalless.

That changed with seconds counting down for half-time, as Derwent secured a penalty corner and when the ball rebounded off the Boots goalkeeper, George Taylor was on hand to slot home.

The second-half seemed to be mirroring that of the first, with both teams creating opportunities.

But as the half progressed, Boots took a firm hold on the game.

Their attacking play led to Derwent keeper Jamie Carlin pulling off a series of fine saves, but Carlin stood little chance to keep out a well-worked counter attack that saw Phil Bowerman put the game on level terms.

Things got even worse when, from a penalty corner, James O’Flaherty smashed home despite the efforts of defender Adam Orduna.

Trying to force an equaliser, Derwent were unable to pull off their heroics from their last match, and this time the final whistle was met with the knowledge that Derwent face a considerable task to stay in the league.

Coach Heath Roberts said: “We need to be far more clinical in front of goal. We created chances but didn’t convert enough when the game was at 0-0.

“If we had taken our first-half chances we would have won, and that’s cost us today.

“Our standards have slipped over the last couple of weeks and, with just three games left, we have to pick ourselves up and get on with it.”

“We’ve got the league champions Barton next week and then two games where we can get something out of them.

“It’s going to go down to the wire, but we’ll give it everything.”