Belper Reserves in goal bonanza

Belper Town Reserves 6

Tevesal Reserves 0

BELPER produced a sparkling display of football as they hit high-flying Teversal for six at Christchurch Meadow.

From the first whistle, the Nailers were sharp and first to every ball, with midfield partnership Darren Cartwright and Ben Gowing dominating the middle of the pitch.

An early goal looked on the cards as Teversal failed to cope with Belper’s high tempo, pace and movement and it duly came on seven minutes when the dangerous Sam Vickers twisted and turned in the box to fire his shot inside the roof of the net.

The second came from a free kick just outside the box, the quick-thinking Ben Gowing slotted home before Teversal had organised their defence.

Midway through the first half, it was 3-0 when Cameron Martin smashed the ball in after seeing his first shot well saved by the Teversal ‘keeper.

Before the end of the half, Belper’s free flowing football produced two further goals as hard working Vijay Selvam’s stunning right foot strike from the edge of the box found the left corner of the net, and Martin claimed his second of the game when giving the ‘keeper no chance after being put through.

With the game all but won at half time, the challenge for the second period would be for Belper to maintain their concentration and not let their standards drop.

Although Teversal had a spell of their own for a short period, the Nailers were rarely troubled, and with a quarter of the game remaining, Cameron Martin completed his hat-trick with a neat right foot finish from inside the box.

Belper had good opportunities to extend their lead as Sam Dockwray, Dom Holder and Kyle Smith all went close.

Team: Hopkins, Wheatcroft (Rushby 65), Crossley, Cartwright, Worthington, Harris, Selvam, Gowing, Martin (Smith K 65), Vickers (Holder 60), Unused subs Robinson, Smith A (GK)