Charlie Palmer pleased as Belper Town maintain standards

Eric Graves celebrates. Pic by Tim Harrison
Eric Graves celebrates. Pic by Tim Harrison

Belper Town boss Charlie Palmer spoke of his delight at watching his side maintain their standards in the 3-0 win over Tividale.

Goals from Aaron Cole, Evan Garnett and Rob Stevenson sealed the win to move Belper to 12th in the table and five points off the play-off places.

The Nailers were frustrated in the first half by bottom side Tividale, but went on to wrap up the points in comfortable fashion.

Palmer said: “If people saw us play against Sheffield they would recognise how hard we worked, we scored some good goals but that was a strong team performance.

“So the lads had set themselves high standards for the game against Tividale and Saturday was all about matching those standards.

“The first half was frustrating for me, but the lads came in at half-time and recognised what was needed of them and realised their standards had dropped. “They took on board that they needed to up their tempo and improve their quality in the final third, and that was pleasing.”

Rob Stevenson assisted both Aaron Cole and Evan Garnett’s goals, but Palmer feels his side can make more of the winger’s quality.

He added: “When Stevo (Rob Stevenson) is in wide areas we need to make sure we are getting numbers into the box and players are making the right runs, it is down to me and Lee (Barrow) in training to make sure the players know what we expect from them in these situations.

“Stevo is enjoying his football right now and he causing full-backs all sorts of problems.”

Garnett scored the pick of goals on Saturday but was substituted off for the third game in a row, Palmer gives his reasoning behind the decision.

“It is about protecting my players, we have had three tough games in a week, and Evan is carrying a little bit of an injury. If I cannot take him off when we are 3-0 up when am I going to be able to take him off? He scored a fantastic goal which we all know he is capable of.”