Belper Town edged out by Coalville in thriller

Evan Garnett shields the ball. Pic by Tim Harrison.
Evan Garnett shields the ball. Pic by Tim Harrison.

Coalville beat Belper Town 3-2 in a rollercoaster of a game.

The Nailers equalised twice with Coalville taking the lead three times.

Coalville secured the points with just minutes remaining when Nat Watson finished low past Danny Haystead.

Jonathan Williams started to make his 50th appearance for the Nailers, while new signing Louis Keenan came straight into Charlie Palmer’s side at left-back, with fellow new face Kyle Bryant coming off the bench to make his debut, replacing Evan Garnett with just over ten minutes left to play.

The Ravens took an early lead through full-back Lee Torr when Jake Wolley whipped a deep ball in from the right flank and Torr was on hand to finish from a tight angle.

The hosts had a golden opportunity to double their lead with the score 1-0 on the half hour mark.

Watt had his pocket picked by Watson when he was the last defender but with all the time in the world he could not beat Danny Haystead who kept him out superbly.

Phil Watt got the Nailers back on level terms when he headed home Jonathan Williams corner five minutes before half-time.

Belper almost went in leading at the break when Stevenson cut inside from the left and fired a fierce shot towards goal, but Sean Bowles was equal to it in the Ravens’ goal.

A scrappy second-half burst into life when Coalville retook the lead with just over ten minutes remaining when Danny Jenno’s strike was deflected into bottom corner by Liam Walshe.

Rob Stevenon helped the Nailers get back on level terms when he scored arguably Belper’s goal of the season so far, he collected the ball on the left wing, dribbled past three men and fired the ball into the top corner of the goal.

A point would have been a respectable result for the Nailers but the Leicestershire side snatched it away with minutes left on the clock as Watson made the points safe when he converted Alex Dean’s right-sided centre.

Coalville Town: Bowles, Jenno, Torr, Freeman, McAteer, Walshe, Holmes (Rodney 57’), Smithson (Dean 63’), Wolley (Richards 69’), Watson, Troke.

Unused subs: Hooton, Coton.

Belper Town: Haystead, Allen, Keenan, Leggitt, Palmer, Watt, Stevenson, Graves, Garnett (Bryant 77’), Williams (Shannon-Lewis 57’), Steadman.

Unused subs: Watkis, Parker, Wood.

Referee: Matthew Bond.

Attendance: 196.