Another three points keep Nailers in the mix

The Nailers continued their winning streak with a third consecutive victory away to Bedworth United on Saturday afternoon.

It was a difficult affair for Belper, who had to dig deep on their route to victory, scoring three times and keeping up the pressure on their play-off push.

Manager Peter Duffield named the same side once again, proving consistency is one of the keys to success.

The game began in difficult fashion, with neither side getting a grip on the game in the early period.

However, it was the Nailers who took the lead with the game’s first shot in the 22nd minute.

Bedworth proved the architects of their own downfall with a goal kick by Hogarth-Wren being cut out inside the home side’s half by Gareth Davies.

Davies’s connection then led to Jon Froggatt pouncing on the through ball and leaving the defence flatfooted, to drive through into the penalty area and slot away his shot with consummate ease.

Bedworth responded fairly well, creating a couple of half chances in the following ten minutes. Daniel Dubidat cut inside from the left 20 yards from goal, but could only drag his shot wide of the near left post after 27 minutes.

Dubidat then had another opportunity, this time coming in from the right hand side and driving a right footed shot which was blocked well by Phil Watt. Then, direct from the following corner, Mitchell Thompson swung the ball in towards the penalty spot where Mark Albrighton was on hand to chest, control and shoot, however he could only scuff his shot into the palms of the goalkeeper.

The second half began in the same vein as the first half.

Importantly, it was the Nailers who got the second decisive goal through captain Steve Warne. Simon Harrison played the ball down the line for the overlapping Chris Jones, who took his man on and did well to stay on his feet despite the foul by the full back. Jones then took the ball to the line and curled the cross back in where Warne ghosted in to hammer the ball home on the 73rd minute. Three minutes later, the Nailers added a third to put the game beyond doubt, this time it was Colin Marrison getting on the scoresheet.

Simon Harrison delivered a perfectly weighted free kick which curled in towards the far post where Marrison arrived, stretching every muscle to make contact, smashing the ball against the underside of the bar and into the back of the net.

Bedworth did earn a late consolation through a sliced Chris Jones own goal.

However, it was too little too late to attempt any form of a comeback.