Relegation fears finally put to bed with crucial victory

Derwent will be spared any last day of the season heartbreak after they ensured survival in the East Midlands Premier League by beating Sikh Union Nottingham 2-1.

However, it took nerves of steel from 19-year-old George Taylor to ensure the points after he converted a last minute penalty.

The game started brightly for Derwent and despite not being able to get into a rhythm they created some decent goal scoring chances.

Dean Stevens and Nick Harrod-Evans both had chances to open the scoring but shot agonisingly wide.

Just when it looked like the goal would never come, midfielder James Bolus got on the end of great cross to deflect the ball into the roof of the net.

The goal should have seen Derwent relax and extend their lead, but instead their play slipped and allowed the skilful Nottingham side to get back on level terms.

It took a massive shift from Derwent stalwart, Miles Smurthwaite, to shackle the Nottingham midfield.

And with the game running down it looked like the game was heading for a draw, meaning Derwent would have to get something out of their final game.

But there was to be a late twist. Richard Wildgoose broke away from his marker and passed to Dean Stevens whose goalbound effort hit a Nottingham foot, and left the umpire with a straightforward decision to award the penalty stroke.

With a minute left on the clock, the coolest player on the pitch was Taylor who calmly stepped up to take the flick and slot the ball home, sending the Derwent players and supporters wild.

Coach Heath Roberts said: “George isn’t our usual penalty taker, but he’s so laid back I knew he wouldn’t be phased by the situation. It was a difficult call to make but sometimes you just have to go with what you feel is right. And thankfully it worked.”

“I said at the start of the season that staying in this league would be a greater achievement than getting promotion last season, and I still think that.

“I believe we can push on next season, and start to challenge the top end of the table.”