Derby have not made the journey to Peel Croft many times, despite its proximity to Haslams. A clear, still Friday evening greeted the teams as they ran out. Oli Overman made his debut in the back row, while Callum Slater moved to full back with Ben Marlow returning in the centre. Both sides needed the victory as they looked to move up the table and away from the relegation zone.
Derby kicked off, but it was Burton who were first into their stride and the pressure told after 11 minutes when they crossed for a converted try.
Derby then had a spell of pressure, but in a pattern that has been repeated all season, struggled to create any real chances.
Derby left the Burton 22 after 20 minutes of attacking, with 3 points, from the boot of George Castledine.
On the stroke of half time, Burton, having repelled Derby successfully, swept upfield and doubled their points tally, with another converted try.
The whistle for the interval saw Burton 14 – 3 ahead, leaving Derby with a tough task to take anything away from the game.
The first 20 minutes of the second half, saw Burton clinch the game, with 3 further tries and 2 conversions.
Derby hit back with a consolation try, with 10 minutes remaining. With George Castledine in the sin bin, Callum Slater had moved to fly half. His clever grubber kick allowed Judah Simpson to fall on the ball and claim the try. Jake Roome added the conversion.
The final whistle saw Burton as worthy winners and pushed Derby deeper into danger. Wins are needed soon if Derby are to have another season in this league. There is no game next week, before Syston travel to Haslams on 2nd March.
Come on Derby !
Match Report by Richard Bambra