Belper Town left it late to grab a 90th minute winner away to eighth-placed Romulus FC on Saturday but another valuable three points have the promotion push on track.
Defender Phil Watt was on hand to stab home the winner from five yards out, just minutes after denying the Roms a certain winner when his last-ditch tackle ensured the Nailers would keep another clean sheet on their quest for promotion.
Four wins in their last five games mean the Nailers are now in third position, just four points off the top spot, with a three-point cushion over fourth-placed Leek Town.
Manager Peter Duffield was more than happy to take the points after he deemed the game ‘a poor viewing’. “I didn’t think it was the best of games to be honest, from either side. It wasn’t very pleasing on the eye and the conditions didn’t help of course.
“However, the result is the most important thing and with only a dozen or so games to go, I’d take that every week if it meant three points. The players gave it their all and the effort and commitment was fantastic, and it was for that reason we came away with the win.”
He continued, “When I look at the two defining moments in the game with their chance late on and our goal, the desire of my players to make something happen is a real credit to this football club.
“When Romulus got through on goal, and their striker takes on our goalkeeper, you’ve got Phil Watt, Scot Low and another sprinting back to make sure they do everything they can to stop a goal.
“In the end, Phil made a tremendous tackle. And likewise for our goal, James Cullingworth plays in a terrific pass, and we’ve got four or five players all going to attack the ball, and fortunately for us Phil got in there to get the winning goal.
“We’ve taken 13 points from the last 15 and for me that’s a real credit, given the difficulty of the games we’ve played, against top sides and in treacherous conditions at times.”
With Duffield changing his side for the first time in four games, any fears of injuries have been washed away in quick time.
“Chris Jones has suffered with his hip, but full credit to him, coming along and watching his side play from the sidelines. It shows real commitment and togetherness, which is what this football club is all about. Fortunately, Chris should be fine by next week. Dan White has a few niggles, but he has been brilliant in putting his body on the line for us and giving his all. He and Phil have been terrific at the back for a number of weeks.”
The Nailers next fixture comes away to Kidsgrove Athletic, on Saturday (3pm kick off).