Derby Men’s 2nd XI 1-1 Nottingham Men’s 2nd XI: Tempers flare as feisty local derby ends in stalemate
Words by Tommy Lister.
Derby and Nottingham shared the spoils following a 1-1 draw in the local derby on Wednesday night. Harry Gwymne cancelled out Joe Smalley’s opener after just a quarter of an hour had been played.
In a game where feisty challenges were at the forefront of the action, Yeshe Briar had the chance to steal the show in the 90th minute however it was not to be, as he failed to convert a big chance in the dying moments.
With the two early goals and a handful of feisty tackles, the first half was an eventful one and a potential penalty shout right at the end caused confusion for the Derby players.
Smalley’s deflected effort appeared to strike the hand of a visiting defender in the 18-yard box but loud penalty appeals were waved away by the referee.
Nottingham had a huge opportunity to take a lead immediately after the restart but goalscorer Gwymne poked his effort wide of the post.
As tempers flared with tackles flying in from all angles, the hosts’ goalkeeper Dan Lawson managed to stay calm to produce a couple of wonderful saves to keep the scoreline level.
Both sides were left feeling frustrated at the stalemate having missed chances to snatch a victory but a point apiece seemed fair on the balance of the 90 minutes.