Coach unhappy as Derby RFC go down in 'worst performance so far'
RELEGATED Derby slumped to a 20th successive National League Three Midlands defeat at Broadstreet – a performance head coach Roxy Fearon branded the worst he has seen since taking charge at Christmas.
The Coventry-based hosts ran in nine tries without reply and Fearon was not a happy man afterwards.
"That was our worst performance since myself and Scott (Johnson) took over," he said.
"It was very disappointing not to score, after getting a couple of tries the previous week, and most disappointingly, we didn't ever look like scoring.
"We were dominated from start to finish.
"There was a period of 15 minutes at the start of the second half where we kept them out but once they scored, we lost our cool and picked up two yellow cards.
"There were a few poor performances and we're not good enough to carry anybody.
"The boys have got to accept a few home truths and learn from it."
Prop Bruce Pendrey was handed his first start, while there were recalls for Josh Tizard, Luke Frixou and Ross Atherton at scrum half, second row and wing respectively.
Broadstreet kicked an early penalty before Derby lost Nathan Burton to a hamstring injury.
He was replaced by debutant Sanjay Sharma, with Atherton moving to full back.
When play resumed, Broadstreet scored a converted try but the visitors were only 10 points down after 25 minutes and still in touch.
However, three more converted scores in the space of nine minutes left them trailing 31-0 at half-time.
The second half continued in much the same vein, with Derby seeing little of the ball and forced to defend against their bigger opponents.
They held out for 18 minutes before conceding another converted try.
Pendrey and Charlie Esberger were both sin-binned as the game drew to a close and Broadstreet touched down four more times to seal a comprehensive victory.
"Certain people played quite well but we lacked the structure and consistency to make it tell at any point," Fearon added.
"Sanjay Sharma came on for his debut and tackled well, while also doing some good things with the ball.
"Ross Atherton also did well on his return to the side.
"Jordan Goddard was my man of the match at hooker. He tackled his heart out.
"They were shining lights on an otherwise pretty dour day."