Match Report: Derby First XI vs Staffordshire First XI
Derby University suffered a second loss in a row at home against a lively looking Staffs side.
Derby started the game off on the front foot and within the first minute were 1-0 up thanks to their in form striker, Jack Byrom. Now scoring two goals in two games, he is looking like a promising prospect for the home side.
The home side continued to take charge having several shots within the opening 10 minutes. However they let the away side have a chance on goal, which was superbly cleared off the line by Derby’s number 5.
As the game went on, an energetic looking Staffs side were threatening more and more on goal, making good interceptions, and maintaining possession. In the 23rd minute the away sides number 4 took a powerful shot on goal that just missed the bottom left hand corner of the post. Five minutes later the away side got another chance shooting way over the bar. Their persistence paid off as by the 33rd minute they got one back to make the score line 1-1, scored from a beautiful, cleanly struck free kick taken by their number 7.
As the home side fought back, the temper of Staffs number 8 was wearing thin, receiving a yellow card. A player a shoe in for a sending off in the second half.
Derby made a substitution, their number 14 on and number 15 off at the 40 minute mark; a player to bring the game back to life in the second half.
The second half began with an early booking for Staffs number 2. Still looking shaky at the back, Derby got in some early chances, however their number 11 skied it over the crossbar. Substitute number 14 took another shot on goal, which the keeper saved.
With more opportunities in front of goal the home side couldn’t get that goal they needed. But sadly the away side did, their number 15 made the score line 2-1 with 10 minutes to go.
Manager John McGrath was full of praise for his team after the game: ‘we had loads of chances, loads of possession, we scored once but we thoroughly deserved something out of that game’. His team from the keeper right through to the two or three subs they made, ‘worked their socks off’.
Written by Frankie Turner.