Solitary Lewis strike sinks Derwent

Group 3

Images: Agatha Torrance

Sam Lewis scored the only goal as Goodricke firsts edged a 1-0 win over struggling Derwent seconds. Lewis had gone close twice before the break but found his range early in the second half to take the three points.

Derwent’s attack centred on a front trio of Jon Garness, flanked by Mike Whittall and Joe Eyles, but Sam Astbury at the centre of the Goodricke defence, dominated in the air.

As a result, Derwent were mostly restricted to long range efforts, with Ric Morris trying his luck from distance early on.

Goodricke also initially struggled to create clear-cut goal scoring opportunities, with Lewis, James Gutteridge and Rob Young zipping passes around to little effect.

The first clear opportunity came around the 20 minute mark, and fell duly to Lewis, but the striker headed straight at Sam Colclough. That chance seemed to spark Goodricke into life.

Astbury’s towering header then rattled against the bar from a corner before Lewis went close again, but he scuffed his finish wide as he bore down on the Derwent goal.

As the scores stood at half time, Derwent, who had been docked points for not fielding a referee earlier in the week, were bottom of Group 3 on minus two points.

Their predicament seemed to enliven them, as they started the second half with a little more urgency, but all too often the final pass went astray.

Indeed, any Derwent resurgence was short lived, as an incisive Goodricke counter released Lewis out wide, and the striker showed wonderful composure, great awareness and quick feet to skip inside the last man and shoot low into the far corner.

Derwent responded and substitute Adam Highland almost made an instant impact with a tricky run of his own but his eventual shot was blocked by Goodricke right back Dave Bullock.

Derwent were then left frustrated, as a succession of dubious free kicks awarded against them disjointed the rhythm of their play.

But thier bad luck was Goodricke’s break and a late flurry saw both Gutteridge and Christian Hammer go close, only to be denied by two good saves from Colclough.

In the closing stages, Derwent were unable to create a decent opening while Goodricke stayed solid and organised to close out their second win is as many games.

Goodricke captain Matt Thomas was relieved to get the win, stating, “We weren’t as clinical as perhaps we should have been and working with a one goal advantage always leaves room for a slip up, but thankfully that didn’t happen today.”

Derwent captain John Gow meanwhile, who watched today’s game from the sidelines, felt hard done by, bemoaning poor referee decisions and windy conditions which served to disguise his side’s competitive performance. He commented, “I don’t think we played particularly badly today, but luck certainly hasn’t been our on our side so far in this competition. The referee cost us dearly today and we were forced to surrender possession in some dangerous positions up field.”

Goodricke: Foster, Thomas, Astbury, Dunk, Bullock, Inness, Hammer, Cottingham, Young, Lewis, Gutteridge

Man of the match: Sam Lewis

Derwent: Colclough, Lambert, Sabas, Carbajo, Weavis, Morris, Farrell, O’Connor, Eyles, Whittall, Garness. Subs used: Nock, Metcalfe, Highland

Man of the match: Harry Lambert

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