Belper Town recovered from a two-goal deficit at Newcastle Town on Saturday to claim a valuable point that keeps them in touch with the leaders in the Evo-Stik League Division One South.
The Nailers succumbed to two defensive errors in the first half with Newcastle’s Thomas Urwin benefiting from both.
He was given space to reach a 19th minute corner kick and head past Scot Low and then added a second goal on 25 minutes with a shot from 12 yards.
Manager Peter Duffield’s half time team talk seemed to do the trick and Belper performed much better in the second period, and they slowly clawed back the deficit.
Leon Ashman helped the Nailers on their way when he brought down Mark Ward inside the penalty area, and not only did Jon Froggatt score from the resulting spotkick, the Newcastle defender was also red carded for his misdemeanour.
With the Nailers now playing much better football, the second goal seemed to be very much on the cards.
Sam Duncum’s introduction in the 57th minute proved to be decisive as he supplied the cross that led to the equaliser when Richard Adams headed the ball past the Newcastle ‘keeper.
The Nailers pressed hard for a winner but found Newcastle’s ten men in resilient form.
However a point was possibly a better result than they could have hoped for after being adrift at the interval.
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Peter Duffield continued: “Football is a funny game and when confidence is high anything is possible, but that can change in an instance.
“Now for us it’s a case of getting that confidence and flow back into our game again, starting on Tuesday in the cup.”
The Nailers, like many, have suffered an ever changing team due to injuries, and the manager is hopeful of breeding more consistency in the starting line-up.
“We’ve struggled, particularly with the back four, this season.
“It seems that once we begin to have a settled side, we get an injury or two and that disrupts our game unfortunately.
“We’ve missed Philip Watt. He was a massive signing for us and we now hope that he will get back into training over the next few weeks.”
Belper Town’s next fixture was due to take place last night (Tuesday) after the News had gone to press, a Derbyshire Senior Cup encounter against Borrowash Victoria. They are without a game this coming Saturday.