Rams rack up the goals as they cruise to victory in Senior Cup encounter
JEFF Hendrick scored a hat-trick as a Derby County XI went goal crazy in the Derbyshire Senior Cup last night.
They dismantled Shirebrook Town 14-1 at Christchurch Meadow, Belper, to book a home quarter-final tie against Chesterfield.
Shirebrook's best moment came when they took a shock first-minute lead.
The surprise start stung the Rams and they went on to hit eight goals before the break and another six in the second half to highlight the huge gap in standard between the clubs.
Shirebrook sit 14th in Division One of the Northern Counties East League.
Derby handed starts to a number of players who need match time.
Miles Addison, Steve Davies, Jake Buxton and Gareth Roberts continued to build their fitness following injury.
Dean Leacock, Tomasz Cywka and Ben Pringle have been on the bench in recent first-team games.
Leacock, who was dropped after his poor performance in the 5-2 defeat by Nottingham Forest a week earlier, lined up at right back.
Addison played the holding role in midfield, Davies was up front and David Martin just off him.
Shirebrook's dream start came after only 42 seconds.
Daniel Briggs moved into the area and found the net with a low shot which Saul Deeney got a a hand to but could not keep out.
Derby set about trying to hit back and Martin tested Simon Smith with two shots from distance.
They equalised after 18 minutes following good work down the right between Leacock and Cywka. Leacock drilled over a low centre and the ball reached Pringle unmarked at the back post and he side-footed home from 10 yards.
The test for Shirebrook's confidence was always likely to come when they conceded, and so it proved.
They fell behind three minutes later when Martin nipped in and side-stepped Smith to score.
Shirebrook striker Simon Johnson was booked for a poor tackle on Kallum Keane and two goals in as many minutes from Jeff Hendrick and Cywka stretched Derby's lead.
Pringle threaded a pass through the middle to release Hendrick who fired low past Smith from the edge of the area and then Cywka held off a defender to roll the ball into the corner of the net.
Shirebrook, so spirited early on, looked demoralised.
They conceded four goals in as many minutes as Derby built an 8-1 lead.
The fifth came after 33 minutes when Martin picked out Cywka to score. Addison slotted the sixth after Leacock's fine pass split the defence and Pringle curled in the seventh, a beauty from 30 yards which Smith appeared to see late.
Davies got among the goals when he cleverly lobbed the keeper and the striker was replaced by Callum Ball at half-time.
Derby also took off Cywka and did not replace him, and so played the second half with 10 men.
The Rams' ninth goal arrived three minutes after the break when Gareth Davey turned a centre from Ball into his own net, and Pringle, Ball and Hendrick all missed chances to make it double figures.
But the 10th goal came after 69 minutes when Hendrick's low shot from the edge of the area found the bottom corner and the midfielder completed his hat-trick four minutes later with a close-range finish from Martin's cross.
Addison played 71 minutes before he was substituted by Alex Witham and Pringle went off a few minutes later.
Derby had used all of their substitutes and so finished the game with nine men.
Ball scored twice in four minutes as the goals kept coming.
His first was a follow-up after Hendrick's effort bounced out off a post and the second was a header when he was picked out by Martin.
To their credit, Shirebrook plugged away and Davey was not far off target with a drive but Derby scored their 14th goal of the night when Witham fired a shot high past Smith to complete the rout.
DERBY COUNTY: Deeney; Leacock, Keane, Addison (Witham, 71), Roberts (O'Brien, 61); Addison; Cywka, Hendrick, Pringle; Martin; Davies (Ball, 46). Other sub: Severn (gk).
SHIREBROOK TOWN: Smith; Rowbotham, Davey, McGurk, Whalley, Easom (Bowring, 52), Bettison, Robinson, Johnson (Dickinson, 46), Briggs (Clarke, 67), Hamstead.
Referee: J Adcock (Long Eaton)