Newark 1 Derwent 3
Derwent’s first team returned to action after a prolonged winter break with a comfortable win at bottom side Newark - despite missing several key players.
The visitors started brightly and it was good work from Dean Stevens, James Frankland and Gary Shardlow that created the first goal for James Bolus who rolled the ball into an open net.
Stevens and Shardlow again got involved to set up the second a few moments later.
Stevens battled down the right and Shardlow intercepted a Newark ball on the byline before crossing for Bolus again to score after the keeper had parried the ball out.
Having started well Derwent then seemed to have a bad ten minutes in the build-up to half-time and let Newark back in.
A dubious penalty flick was awarded to Newark and this was converted with ease giving keeper Jamie Carlin no chance in the Derwent goal.
Carlin had earlier pulled off two fine one-on-one saves to deny a Newark attacker.
Derwent re-grouped and had another good 5 minutes before half-time with George Taylor looking impressive in midfield and Miles Smirthwaite constantly proving a rock in the middle of the pitch.
The second-half saw Derwent start well again.
The back four of Tom Ellison, Adam Orduna, Alex Erskine and Simon Taylor moved the ball round the back well and tired out the Newark players while the front line of Frankland, Shardlow and Stevens continued to look threatening on the break.
Shardlow in particular had three chances to open his account for the first team but was unfortunate not to find the back of the net.
Stevens restored Derwent’s two-goal lead when he tackled the Newark player on the top of the area and then slotted the ball calmly past the approaching player.
Derwent then played some good hockey for the remaining ten minutes and Newark had few chances of scoring another goal.
Next weekend Derwent face a double header against Leicester Westliegh on the Saturday and then Daventry on the Sunday as they attempt to make up the games that were lost during the build up to Christmas thanks to the snow.
l Derwent’s second XI didn’t have the same luck as the firsts as they fell 1-0 at home to Ashbourne.
l Matlock Baileans firsts also got back into action with a friendly victory over National League side Sheffield.
Sheffield went ahead midway through the first-half but Baileans then took control, levelling with Chloe Maynard’s penalty stroke.
Baileans dominated the second-half and added further goals thanks to two each from Sarah Archer and Rebecca Bowman.