Belper Town comfortably beaten by Basford United

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Blair Anderson opened the scoring and Ruben Wiggins-Thomas scored a goal in each half as Belper United were easily beaten by Basford.

The impressive Courtney Grantham had a big hand in both first half goals as United gained control early on.

After ten minutes in he crossed the ball to Eugen Bopp, who showed great composure to round Nailers ‘keeper Danny Haystead and square the ball to the grateful Anderson, who tapped into the unguarded net.

Minutes before half-time Grantham was at it again as he won the ball off of Haydn Goddard, skipped past Ross Parker and squared the ball for Wiggins-Thomas who rolled the ball into the bottom corner to double the home side’s lead.

Wiggins-Thomas got his second and Basford’s third 20 minutes from time as he spun Phil Watt on the halfway line and found himself clean through on goal.

As he bared down on goal Haystead raced out but was helpless as Wiggins-Thomas slotted the ball into the bottom corner.

New signings Eric Graves and Ross Parker came straight into the starting 11 with the former captaining the Nailers.

Centre-half Parker has followed Charlie Palmer from Long Eaton United as the Nailers’ manager starts to build his own side.

Basford’s best chance to add to their tally was just before half-time when Billy Bennett’s left sided free-kick was tipped away by Haystead, and Grantham could only awkwardly turn the ball wide from a tight angle.

Belper’s best chance of the game fell to Evan Garnett as he collected a clipped throughball from Lee Cooksey, but could only smash the ball wide on the half-volley.

Graves had a chance to get on the score sheet on his second debut for the club as his glancing header from Rob Stevenson’s cross went just over the bar ten minutes from the end.

Belper boss Palmer, made a double substitution at half-time in a bid to get his side back in the game, bringing on Kevin Hemagou and Yuyi Kabanje in place of Isaac Minott and Haydn Goddard but it failed to have the desired effect.

Basford United: Deeney, Boafo, Bennett, Thornton, Darkin, Meikle, Grantham (Ismael 88 mins), Grayson, Wiggins-Thomas, Bopp (Wakefield 88 mins), Anderson (Kelleher 81 mins).

Unused subs: Myers, McCormick.

Belper Town: Haystead, Shaw, Cooksey, Williams, Parker, Watt, Watt, Graves, Goddard (Kabanje 45 mins), Minott (Hemagou 45 mins), Garnett, Stevenson.

Unused subs: Johnson, Lister, Wedderburn

Attendance: 153.

Referee: Mark Howes.

Assistant referees: Simon Lane and Bowkett.