Derwent masters over the Students
DERWENT have re-started their men’s Premier League season with a confidence boosting 5-3 defeat of University.
The win saw them leapfrog the Students into third position and Derwent skipper Nick Tremayne said it will set the standard for the rest of the season.
“We had contributors across every position and after speaking about our inconsistent defensive efforts prematch, it was great to see us maintain high standards for all four quarters,” Tremayne said.
“Dougal Middleton returning to the club gave us some real presence up front, while Vaughn Bowen, Angus Boulton and Linden McCarthy were highly influential and lifted the guys around them.
“We were keen to respond after dropping points to Uni in round five and we saw what this young group is capable of.”
The match was turned on its head after being locked 3-3 at three-quarter time when Middleton nailed a penalty stroke and then University was reduced to 10 men after Joshua Brooks was carded in the final six minutes.
Derwent’s Boulton returned to the goal scorers list with two, including an exceptional reverse stick finish to seal the points.
Earlier, the Strikers led 3-1 after Alex Pankiw and Sam Grice added to Boulton’s opener only to see University level it through Ben Read, Paul Ancher and Fergal Connolly.
Ladder leaders OHA and second-placed North-West Graduates had comfortable wins against DiamondBacks and Canterbury respectively.
The Ships overcame a slow start to defeat DiamondBacks 5-1 with Sam McCambridge’s hat-trick shooting him to the top of the scoring charts.
Graduates downed the Lions 6-1 with Jai Walker-Kidd netting a hat-trick, while Marcus Richardson, George Wilkinson and Olly Arnold also scored.