2nd Half Comeback sees Mixed team through to Last 16
By Stephen Tabb
Sils beat a mixed Derwent / Matlock side with a strong second half performance
Sils started well, but did not do a good job of converting possession into goals, and after 20 minutes, not only had the visitors come back into the game, but they had turned the game around, dominating possession and taking a 3-0 lead.
The first goal came from a drag-flick, the second an expert deflection from a lofted cross, and the third, a near post shot catching Patrick O'Malley in goals off guard.
At this moment, the Sils got a little lucky, as one of the visitors' best players damaged a calf muscle, and had to step off the pitch for the remainder of the game, and this was the real turning point. Within minutes the home team had reduced the defecit - Dan Sulway picking out Andre Tchakhotine as he marauded down the right, cut inside and unleashed a fierce reverse-stick shot into the roof of the net.
At half-time, whilst the score was 3-1, the home side felt as if they were definitely still in the game, with the effects of some of the previous night's whiskey intake wearing off slightly!
Within 10 minutes of the second half starting, the home side were level, firstly, with Holly Percival firing a powerful shot into the bottom corner, and then with Salman Whittaker arriving on the end of good link up play by Naomi Ennis and Samantha Cooper to flick the ball home (via a defender's stick).
With 25 minutes left in the half, there was only going to be one winner, and with goals by James Clapham and Dan Sulway, both from PCs, the result was confirmed. An enjoyable afternoon in the Sun, with Andre Tchakhotine winning the Man of the Match vote - and the team securing a potential tie against Solihull Blossomfield in the next round.
Last 16 here we come!