Alex Steadman double fires Belper Town to win over Sheffield FC

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A first half brace from Alex Steadman and a brilliant long range strike from Rob Stevenson in the second half secured a 3-1 win for Belper Town at Sheffield FC.

Manager Charlie Palmer started his son, Gerome, as he made his full Belper Town debut.

Belper went ahead after just five minutes when Steadman tapped home after Andy Roberton spilt Jonathan Williams’ free-kick.

Ben Watkis struck the post with an effort from outside the box after good work from Evan Garnett created the chance mid-way through the first half.

Steadman got his and the Nailers second on the stroke of half-time with a composed finish after a good through-ball from Williams.

Before the home side could get settled for the second half, Rob Stevenson emphatically put Belper three goals to the good as he collected the ball on the left-wing, drove inside and smashed the ball in at Robertson’s near post.

Stevenson almost scored another wonder goal as he again dribbled in from the left wing, he skipped past three Sheffield defenders as he drove into the box but could not get enough power behind his shot to trouble the keeper.

James Gregory headed one in with around six minutes to play for Sheffield, but that was as good as it got for the world’s oldest club,.

Belper continued to push and Haystead made a wonderful save from a Gregory volley at the back post, while Williams had an effort cleared off the line.

Sheffield FC: Robertson, R.Ludlam, Turner, Glavin, Cooksey, S.Ludlam, Foster (Raheem 67 mins), Cotton (Rooney 45 mins), Igiehon, Warren, Gregory.

Unused subs: Stevens, Hunt, Jacobs.

Belper Town: Haystead, Allen, Cole, Williams, Palmer (Parker 60 mins), Watt, Stevenson, Graves, Garnett (Shannon-Lewis 70 mins), Watkis (Wood 75 mins) Steadman.

Unused subs: Mansfield, Constable.

Referee: Hristo Karaivanov (Sutton-in-Ashfield).