Belper Town crash out of cup

Belper v Rugby. Tim Harrison.
Belper v Rugby. Tim Harrison.

Belper were knocked out of their second cup competition in three days as they fell short at the hands of Rugby Town, losing 4-3 in the the Doodson Integro League Cup.

Rugby were comfortable throughout despite a premature comeback and late pressure from the Nailers, as they progressed to the first round proper of the cup.

Belper v Rugby. Tim Harrison.

Belper v Rugby. Tim Harrison.

The Valley took the lead after half an hour when forward David Kolodynski tapped in from close range following a centre from strike partner Callum Powell.

Belper responded well and got back on level terms just minutes later, Rob Stevenson pounced from a corner and headed in after Lee Cooksey and Evan Garnett disrupted the Rugby defense.

Rugby retook the lead almost instantly, Powell got himself on the scoresheet, side-stepping a couple of Belper defenders and confidently finishing past Nailers’ keeper Danny Haystead.

Haystead could do nothing to stop Rugby taking complete control and making it 4-1 within 15 minutes of the restart, the impressive Powell grabbed his second of the game with another accomplished finish after he had been slipped through by substitute Harry Holloway.

Belper v Rugby. Tim Harrison.

Belper v Rugby. Tim Harrison.

Kolodynski also secured his brace, Powell again inflicting the damage on the Nailers as he took advantage of a loose ball and squared to his strike partner who finished emphatically.

Belper rallied late on and almost completed a memorable comeback, Stevenson grabbed his second of the game after he collected the ball from Jonathan Williams and smashed the ball home from the edge of the box.

Williams then got himself on the scoresheet to set up a nervy finish to the game, he superbly curled the ball into the top corner after it fell at his feet just inside the box.

Late pressure from the Nailers did not pay off and Rugby held on to secure their place in the next round of the League Cup.

Belper had more than enough chances to get back in the game before they eventually did, Garnett hit the post twice in either half and had his work cut out by Rugby’s stand-in goalkeeper, 16-year-old Ashley Bodycote.