Derwent 1sts 4
Derwent moved five points clear at the top of the league as they maintained their unbeaten start to the season.
Veteran defender Adam Orduna rolled back the years and delivered an outstanding display of tackling and defending.
The game started evenly with Coalville fired up and eager to deny Derwent time and space on the ball.
Coalville’s captain Phil Sign was at the heart of everything, urging his teammates on and causing Derwent to make numerous basic errors.
With 20 minutes gone, a tactical change saw Ash Vaughan introduced to the play and he immediately made an impact when he flicked the ball over the advancing keeper.
The goal settled Derwent and they started to play with a bit more fluency.
Winger Richard Wildgoose was causing havoc down the right channel and his work was rewarded he slotted the ball home on the stroke of half-time.
The second half saw Derwent create a hatful of chances, but they couldn’t find the killer blow. At the other end, the defence was in fine form. Ed Berry, aged 16, was making his first team debut, and with veteran defender Adam Orduna tackling everything that moved, ably supported by Matt Bacon, Coalville were to have only one clear opening.
From a penalty corner, Coalville thought they had beaten Berry, but Orduna was there to clear the ball off the line. This was to be Coalville’s only chance of the game.
Steve Langrick put the result beyond doubt when he dived to force the ball over the line.
Things got even better when Ben Everitt-Li wrapped things up to move his tally to 13 goals in just six games.
Coach Heath Roberts was pleased with the way the defence stood up. “I was critical of the defence at the start of the season, but they have worked hard in training and have got better and better.
“Adam Orduna was in awe inspiring form. To play at the standard he does at the age of 45 is incredible. He’s surrounded by youngsters, and they look up to and respect him so much.
“It would be easy to say we didn’t play well but you have to give credit to Coalville, who battled hard. And being able to score four when you’re not playing well is fine with me.
“However, we’ll need to be on top form next week, when we have the Dales derby against Ashbourne. In Chris Beastall, they have the best centre forward in the division and it promises to be a great game.”
The game takes place on Saturday, November 19, at Wirksworth Leisure Centre, starting at 1pm.