NEW Ravens were a new opposition for Derby City and saw consecutive games against them with the first being held at Haslam’s.
Derby were again with changed personnel due to unavailability’s however all were determined to play their part in the match. The home side started brightly and attempted to use the weariness that the opposition had from the journey to their advantage. Jack Pearce scored in the left corner within the first 5 minutes. Unfortunately this only kick started Ravens as their half back beavered through the defence to score after 10 minutes.
The balance of the half was dominated by Derby City. Maintaining composure and allowing Half Backs Rob Brown and Joe Frobisher opportunities to dictate the match.
Tries through Adam Norris, Pearce for his second on 25. Hooker Lee Chapman on 30 minutes converted by Pearce. Lewis Sturgess continued his upward development putting in a strong half rewarded in the 30th minute by a try, converted by Pearce. In the 37th minute Jake Smithurst used his height and strength to break the tackle and stretch over to score again converted by Brown. Half time Derby City 30 NEW Ravens 4.
You would expected Derby to now step up and finish the game however the visitors were determined to play an active part in the game and five minutes of Derby switched off resulted in Ravens grabbing 12 points, firstly from their Winger running 40 metres and then the Hooker diving two yards to score between the posts. Due to Derby’s ill-discipline the referee awarded a penalty for dissent resulting in an ‘8 point’ try. Derby City 30 NEW Ravens 16.
Thankfully for the home support Derby awoke and through grateful decisions from the referee Full Back Lewis Thompson ran the perfect line from mid half after a perfectly timed pass from Brown to score. This was quickly followed by the same player receiving the ball from the kick off and a disorganised opposition allowed Thompson to break a tackle and score. Both converted by Pearce.
Tom Pottinger was next to score a brace in the 51st and 55th minute breaking tackles, both converted by Pearce. Unfortunately Derby now attempted to rail road themselves again through ill-discipline with Tim Doyle yellow carded for persistent high tackles in the 62nd minute.
The last quarter of the game pitted out with Ravens defending well and Derby making silly mistakes. The final play of the game saw Pottinger receive the ball on his 20 metre line jinking from side up the pitch until it was one on one with the Full Back, a slight pause allowed Brown to drift out left and receive the ball to score under the posts. Unfortunately in doing so he received a rather late and rash tackle from the player and foolishly reacted with a punch. A try scored but a red card shown by the referee.
Final score Derby City 58 NEW Ravens 20. Man of the match went to Hooker Lee Chapman.
An improved performance over the previous weeks match against Birmingham Bulldogs however Ill-discipline continues to rear its head and until controlled Derby City will struggle against the bigger teams who will punish the player advantage.
Next week see’s Derby City travelling to Ravens for the return fixture.