Derby won the NLD Cup for the first time since 2010, by sweeping Glossop aside at Chesterfield. Derby played with both the slope and stiff breeze in the first half and made a perfect start. Only 2 minutes had played, when Ben Marlow sliced through the Glossop back line to touch down. George Castledine converted.
Glossop looked to hit back immediately, but when they spilt the ball, Josh Tizard pounced, made ground and McGrath Van Wyk touched down in the corner.
The game then settled into a pattern, with Glossop having the majority of the possession and looking to use their forwards to make inroads, but the Derby defence was superb and made tackle after tackle to stop Glossop making any progress.
After 32 minutes, a punch resulted in a red card for the Glossop number 7.
5 minutes later, Sam Pittman was sent to the sin bin, evening up the numbers for the next 10 minutes.
It was Derby who had the last word in the half, with another good backs’ move ending with McGrath Van Wyk scoring his 2nd try of the day. An excellent George Castledine conversion made the half time score 19 – 0 to Derby.
Derby confirmed victory in the first 8 minutes of the 2nd half, with 2 further tries.
A high clearing kick from Glossop, was taken deep in his own half by Ollie Saffell. The ball was transferred to Emilien Cabale and he sprinted 60 metres, through the covering defence to score. George Castledine converted and, moments later, sliced through the Glossop back line to touch down. This put Derby 31 – 0 ahead, with 30 minutes of the match remaining.
Both sides received a further yellow card, with Sam Goosey transgressing for Derby.
Derby were content to see out the game, giving all 5 replacements game time.
Glossop deserve credit for keeping going for the whole 80 minutes and were rewarded with a converted try at the death.
The final whistle of the season saw Derby acclaimed as winners, with captain, Ben Coombes going forward to lift the trophy. The young nature of Derby’s side indicated huge promise for the future.
A fabulous season draws to a close; a successful league campaign resulting in a mid-table finish and silverware lifted.
Come and join the fun at Haslams next season and see the next stage of the adventure !
Come on Derby !
Match Report by Richard Bambra