Derby Men’s 3rd XI 9-2 Newman Men’s 1st XI: Home side rampant in nine-goal demolition
Words by Theo Beevers.
Alex Goodall scored four in an 11-goal rampage as Derby Men’s 3rd XI beat Newman Men’s 1st XI 9-2.
“It feels pretty good,” Goodall said. “To score four goals in one match is a great feeling.”
Derby came into the match looking to stay top of the league, and they did so in rampant fashion.
The scoring was opened in the 20th minute through the most unlikely source. From a fantastic deep cross, left-back Jake Martin arrived just in front of the keeper to slot the ball home for the hosts.
It was not long before Derby doubled their lead and it Goodall who got his first of the afternoon. Following a long-range pass from Luke Jeffery, he found himself through on goal and emphatically slotted the ball into the top right corner.
Newman did respond after half an hour thanks to Reece Harvey who showed great composure to poke the ball past Ryan Lees-Stevens.
However, the visitors’ hope of an equaliser were crushed just two minutes later when Morgan Schuler scored Derby’s third in spectacular fashion. The Derby number ten dragged the ball into his favoured left foot and picked out the bottom left corner superbly from outside the box.
Goodall ensured his side would go into the break with a three-goal cushion just seconds before half time. Tino Mtangadura’s tame effort was parried into the path of the striker who finished into an empty net.
Just ten minutes into the second half, Derby scored their fifth. Captain Luke Jettery was free to poke to ball past the keeper from Konrad Polny’s pinpoint corner. The hosts could smell blood and they made sure to take full advantage.
Goodall sealed his hat-trick on the hour mark, tapping home from close range following a low driven cross from the right-hand side.
Tom Simms then got the seventh as Derby really ran away with the contest, creating some space inside the box before rifling the ball into the far corner.
Newman did manage to grab a constellation in the 75th minute, only for the league leaders to score their penultimate goal just four minutes later. It was Kallum Kirks turn to score as his effort squirmed underneath the keeper.
Goodall capped off a fine performance by scoring his fourth and Derby’s ninth goal just moments before the final whistle as him and his team-mates comfortably retained their spot at the summit of the table.
On a cold Wednesday night, Newman froze and Derby took advantage in animalistic fashion.