Match Report: Derby First XI vs East Anglia First XI
Derby University suffered a 5-1 defeat at home to East Anglia.
East Anglia started the better team and it didn’t take long for them to take the lead as East Anglia’s number 9 glided past his man, delivered the ball and found number 7 who was on hand to strike home.
East Anglia made it two in the 24th minute as a superb piercing ball from number 9 reached number 11 who beat the keeper and poked home.
It was three in the 27th minute as number 11 claimed his second of the game.
Just two minutes later it was four as number 10 beat his man on the left wing and diverted the ball into the box finding number 9 to tap in.
The away side got their fifth in the 38th minute as number 8 shifted past his man and drilled into the bottom left corner 20 yards from goal.
Derby made a number of changes at half time, as number 12, 13 and 14 entered the fray.
They started much improved, looking far more composed on the ball.
Their positive start was soon rewarded as in the 62nd minute of the game, a long ball was fantastically received by Jack Byrom who calmly finished past the keeper.
The hosts continued to grow into the game with substitutes 12, 13 and 14 all looking particularly dangerous.
However, it was too little too late as the away side went away with the three points.
A tough day for Derby but plenty of positives can be taken from the second half performance going into the foreseeable fixtures.
Derby’s first year defender Jordan Holmes explained “The result is obviously disappointing, we just switched off for about 20 minutes in the first half, once one goal went in our heads dropped and we conceded all 5 quickly one and after the other. But for 15 minutes in the first half and the whole of the second half we were more than in the game.”
Written by Louis Dutton.