Derby Men’s 4th XI 5-1 Oxford Men’s 3rd XI: Hosts cruise to comfortable win at Moor Farm
Words by Josh Holland.
Derby Men’s 4th XI got back to winning ways on Wednesday afternoon with a convincing 5-1 victory over Oxford Men’s 3rd XI at Moor Farm.
Kallum Kirk’s hat-trick allowed the home to bounce back following last week’s 2-0 defeat at Bedfordshire. Nick Pieriera and Tom Sims also added to the scoreline on what turned out to be a very comfortable afternoon.
They started the game much the better side and took an early lead when Kirk tapped in from Sam Cooke’s cross. Only three minutes later, Kirk doubled his and his side’s tally as he pounced on a defensive error.
Pieriera was forced onto the pitch in the first half after an injury meant one of his team-mates was unable to continue. He was able to make an instant impact though as he made it 3-0, turning the ball into the net from Konrad Dolny’s great cross.
Oxford were keen to get themselves back in the contest after the half-time break and despite being denied by the goalkeeper and the crossbar, they pulled a goal back courtesy of Alex Yu’s low drive.
That setback did not derail the fluid Derby frontline and Kirk made sure of his hat-trick as he restored the three-goal cushion from the penalty spot after being brought down by the goalkeeper in the box.
The final nail in the coffin for Oxford came in the closing moments of the game as Sims produced the moment of the match. He received the ball on the left flank, jinxed inside his man and slotted past the opposing goalkeeper to ensure the points would be staying in Derby.
The 4th XI have another home game up next as Coventry Men’s 3rd XI make the trip to Kedleston Road.