Derby Vets 12
Matlock Vets 41
As usual, the Matlock Vets were a team moulded together at the eleventh hourand under the guidance of captain Ray Mullaney put on a show of handling
that was the envy of the home team. It was Derby however that controlled thefirst exchanges with their large pack dominating the rucks and mauls and It
was the home forwards that created space for the first try of the day whichwas rounded off by an unstoppable drive for the line. This turned out to be
one of the few high points for Derby who slowly gave ground as the men fromMatlock began to dominate. Once the visitors avoided mauling contests and
kept the ball alive they found it easy to move the home side around. A tryby Phil Pollock was added to by Andrew Poole who claimed the conversion to
add to his earlier penalty. Poole then contributed a further try andconversion as Matlock finished the half strongly.
Although a determined Derby came back at the beginning of the second half toscore their second try Matlock never lost shape. The forwards were immense
as they overcame opponents who had a stone a man advantage. Andy Croft wasparticularly noticeable, carrying the ball forward on many occasions. Support
by Tate, Toone, Foukes and Boulton prove to be critical as the visitorsstarted to run the home team around. As always the half backs of Philpott
and Mullaney gave good early ball to the back division where the centrepairing of Pollock and Jim Eaton were superb and with Poole starting to
create havoc with his entry into the line Derby were run ragged in the lasttwenty minutes. Four further tries by George Edwards, Dave Toone, that man
Pollock again and Dave Tate emphasised the visitors superiority on the dayand allowed the Matlock men to bask in the glow of a job well done.