Belper Town got back to winning ways in fine style on Saturday in a 4-3 win over leaders Halesowen Town at the Grove.
A brace for Kieran Wells and a goal each for Jon Froggatt and Dan White were enough to secure a vital three points to close in on their rivals above.
Manager Peter Duffield was pleased with his team’s reaction after a poor display last week and retaining that focus must be kept in the final weeks of the season.
“I thought it was a brilliant advertisement for the league. Usually, these big games don’t live up to their hype, but Saturday’s game was very entertaining indeed. The attitude and commitment of my players was very good, they were all fighting for each other. I was shocked when we went one goal down after playing so well.
“However, it was a brilliant strike by their player. But the players responded well and didn’t panic, and in the end we were the team that went on to win.”
He noted: “What’s important is that once again we don’t read too much into this. Last week, everybody was down and disappointed with the performance, but we expected a reaction. We got that reaction, but it’s now important we don’t get our head in the clouds and we remain focused. We learned a lesson from last week’s performance, let’s hope we learn another lesson this week not to let it slip again.”
Duffield was keen to point out the effort shown by the entire squad, on a day when more than 11 players were needed. “Kieran and Aaron did very well yesterday and offered us something a little different, but after not getting many minutes in recent months, they weren’t able to last the entire game.
“What pleases me and Mick (Godber) mostly is the performance of the substitutes when they came on as it’s not nice having to start on the bench, but they came on and played very well to help the team get the win.”
Duffield concluded by thanking the supporters for their part played in the occasion, and insisting that that level of support can only help the players on the field. “I thought the supporters were magnificent on Saturday, and you could see that in the way the players wanted to celebrate scoring goals with them, and then after the game going over to cheer with them, it shows a good relationship there.”
The Nailers’ next fixture comes on March 22, at Loughborough, with a 3pm kick off .