Derby travelled to Wassell Grove, to complete their league season, against bottom of the table Old Halesonians. They duly completed the victory, as they ran in 8 tries against a very spirited opposition.
Old Halesonians kicked off, with an unexpected shower clearing away to leave a lovely, warm day.
After 13 minutes, Old Halesonians looked to have taken the lead as their winger won the race to a kick and touched down, but he was called back for offside.
9 minutes later, Derby took the lead. A Tom Taylor-Dawes break created the space and allowed Ollie Saffell to touch down in the corner.
The game was won in the 10 minutes before half time, as Derby scored 3 tries in this period. The first was scored by Alex Taylorson and created by Jack Dawson and McGrath Van Wyk. It was the same 2 who created the next try, with Ollie Saffell touching down this time. The 3rd try was scored by Tom Taylor-Dawes, who took a pass from George Castledine after he had committed the defence. With George Castledine adding 2 conversions, the scoreboard at the break showed Derby 24 – 0 up.
It didn’t take Derby long to open their account in the 2nd half. Martin Kent intercepted the ball and Josh Pearson raced away to score, after just 3 minutes. 4 minutes later, Jack Dawson picked up a loose ball and sprinted clear to touch down. George Castledine converted both, to put Derby 38 – 0 ahead.
Old Halesonians then scored a try and it was just reward for their efforts, but Derby were not finished yet ! With 60 minutes on the clock, McGrath Van Wyk received the ball 40 metres from the try line, weaved through the defence and scored his 13th try of the season. With 6 minutes remaining, Josh Pearson won Derby a penalty and a few phases later, Jake Barker scored. George Castledine converted.
Old Halesonians have had a torrid season, with only 1 win, but it was they who had the last word. An excellent move, with the last play of the game, sliced the Derby defence open and they scored a converted try.
Derby complete their 2nd season at this level, in 8th place, with 69 points. This is 10 more than last season and shows a pleasing progress. Well done to all involved !
The NLD Cup Final remains, against Paviors, in Boston next week.
Come on Derby !
Match Report by Richard Bambra.