Leicester Westleigh 1
Derwent 1sts 5
On their three previous trips to play teams from Leicester this season, champions Derwent had only managed to pick up a solitary point.
So a trip to play Leicester Westleigh wasn’t a game to be taken for granted despite Derwent’s championship winning season.
However, Derwent weren’t to be foiled on their fourth attempt as they put in their best away performance of the season.
Derwent were quickly into their stride and started to move the ball around with confidence, finding space at will.
After just three minutes, Derwent got the breakthrough from a well-worked short corner.
Tom Ellison exchanged a neat one-two with Matt Bacon and Ellison made no mistake from close range.
Dean Stevens doubled the lead, showing fine skills to bamboozle the Westleigh defence, which meant the Wirksworth side went into half-time with breathing room.
After last week’s Jekyll and Hyde performance, which saw them lose a three-goal lead, Derwent weren’t in the mood to make a repeat performance.
Steve Langrick scored from a fantastic flowing move which saw Derwent turn defence into attack in just three moves, and then slip the ball past the keeper.
Things got even better when George Taylor drove powerfully down the middle of the pitch, and scored on his reverse from the top of the area, completing a fine performance from the youngster.
Despite a consolation goal for Westleigh, they couldn’t find a way back into the game, and when a Rich Wildgoose solo run saw him outpace and outthink a tiring Westleigh defence, the Leicester hoodoo was well and truly smashed.
Derwent coach Heath Roberts was impressed with the reaction of the side after last week’s disappointing draw.
“We’ve been working hard on keeping the ball better and reducing the amount of turnovers.
“After last week’s blip, we were back on form today. We were far more clinical in all areas of the pitch, and I’m pleased we had five different goalscorers.
“With our final game of the season at home to Newark, I want us to cap an excellent season with a champions performance.
“To reach the 50-point mark, with a goal difference over 60, will be a nice way to round off the season.”