Second defeat in pre-season.
Bit of a disaster again. Blanks up front, with shots wayward and not a Jabulani in sight. Any other shots were soft and usually direct at the ‘keeper.
Pearson failed to show due to a car failing to start and Scott Smith wasn’t there, which shows his unreliability, despite saying that he wants to come back as a regular player.
This meant that Dave Gourlay had to cobble together his starting line-up, which picked itself. McConville and McDermont were in central defence, while the whinging Muers was in attack, alongside Callum Howe.
The first half was quite balanced, but New Derby – in their first game – broke clear and scored the opener. Prior to this, Muers had a glorious chance, when clean through, to put Sassco 1-0 ahead.
Second half saw more chances for Sassco, but none were really on target. The ones that did reach the target didn’t trouble the replacement goalkeeper. Sassco conceded again, but then Muers squeezed one in to make it 2-1.
An unexpected error from Dave Smith saw New Derby lead 3-1, and no more goals after that.