Derwent 1sts 4
Derwent delivered their best performance of the season, by beating second placed Leicester in an enthralling encounter.
The game started at a frenetic pace, and it was the visitors who should have taken the lead.
A Leicester counter attack saw the ball teed up for the centre forward, who, despite having an open goal, managed to miscontrol the ball and stop it with his foot, much to the relief of the Derwent defence.
After this let off, Derwent ramped up the pressure and got the deserved opener, with Steve Langrick slotting home from close range.
The second half saw Derwent start where they left off, forcing the Leicester keeper into a series of top-class saves. Ben Everitt-Li was thinking it was going to be one of those days until he finally broke through to make it 2-0.
Leicester briefly got themselves back in the game when Derwent conceded a soft goal.
The goal revitalised Leicester and for the next five minutes Derwent looked shaky.
To their credit, they weathered the storm and wrested control of the game back. Tom Ellison scored with a deceptive drag flick to make the game comfortable and in the final minutes Everitt-Li smashed home from an acute angle to seal all three points.
Coach Heath Roberts was understandably delighted with his side.
“That was the best performance since I took over at the club.
“Our midfield won the battle.
“Miles Smurthwaite and James Bolus did brilliantly in breaking down the play, allowing the forwards and Ben Everitt-Li to cause havoc going forwards.”
Roberts also reserved special praise for youngster George Taylor.
“He’s just 18 but he is maturing into a very good hockey player, and will play a big part in how successful we are this season.”
This weekend, Derwent make the trip to Coalville.
The home side will provide another stern test for the league leaders’ promotion ambitions.