Belper Town chief Jon Froggatt says his side have benefitted after a break from competitive action.
The Nailers’ last outing was in the Doodson Sport Cup when they overcame Grantham Town to progress through to the second round of the competition.
The team were without a game last weekend and player-manager Froggatt stated his delight at his side’s victory as well as his relief at being afforded a week off following the cup win.
“Having a week off has been perfect for us, and has come at a good time,” stated Froggatt.
“Quite a few of our players have had small knocks and it’s been vital for them that they’ve had a good rest to get themselves back somewhere close to 100% again.
“We arranged a friendly match with the squad which has given us a great chance to see all the players and its served as a timely reminder to me and Mark as we’ve got a busy period coming over the next month and a half.
“It’s also a vital time for us. We really need to start getting the points on the board.
“We always say that Christmas is the time to look at the league table and take it seriously, and we don’t want to be looking at the table on Christmas Day with us being bottom and struggling.
“We wanted a win against Grantham, and we got it. “Now we need to do our best to go on a run of results. We go away to Stamford on Tuesday and we’ll be doing our utmost best to come home with something from that game.
“It’s all about the winning mentality.”
Froggatt also stated his delight at the Grantham win, when strikes from Bruno Holden, Glyn Cotton and Ashley Burbeary sealed the safe passage into the next round.
He added: “I was really pleased with our performance over Grantham, it’s one of the best performances we’ve out in since me and Mark took over. We played some really good football against a really good team.”
“Of course, the last time we played them we lost 1-0 and it was a dull game, but on this occasion we’ve scored three goals and maybe could have scored five or six. We created a lot of chances. I thought we defended well and we reacted well to conceding which bought the score back to 1-1.
“We continued to believe in ourselves and play good football.”
The Nailers travelled to Stamford on Tuesday evening in the league.
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