Belper Town cruise to 5-2 win over Gresley FC

Belper's players celebrate a goal. Pic by Tim Harrison
Belper's players celebrate a goal. Pic by Tim Harrison

Belper Town returned to winning ways with an impressive 5-2 win over Gresley FC.

A goal in either half for Jordan Ball was only enough to taint a glossy performance from the Nailers.

New signing Tyrell Shannon-Lewis started for the Nailers following his move from Basford United in the week.

Fellow new signing Alex Steadman came off the bench to face his former club having only played for them last week.

Ball opened the scoring after nine minutes, finishing one-on-one with Danny Haystead after Ross Parker failed to cut out Jack Langston’s through all.

It took until five minutes before half-time for the Nailers to equalise after Ball saw an effort cleared off the line by Phil Watt.

Rob Stevenson collected the ball from Watt’s clearance and drove forward down the right wing, he cut inside and smashed the ball home with his left foot to level the game up.

The second half started with a flurry of goals as Evan Garnett scored the goal of the day chipping the ball over Ryan Swift in the Gresley goal after he had cut out Haystead’s huge box to box clearance.

The Moatmen immediately equalised as Ball got his and, Gresley’s second of the game, tapping home after Haystead had parried a shot from Langston.

Belper found a higher gear and took the lead for a second time just before the hour mark when Jonathan Williams drove at the Gresley defence and was fouled 25-yards out from goal. He brilliantly curled in the resulting free kick.

Centre-half Phil Watt got himself on the score sheet when he found himself free at the back post as he volleyed home another Williams’ set-piece.

Rob Stevenson completed the scoring ten minutes from time as he got his second of the game when he climbed highest to head home Lee Cooksey’s left wing cross.

Belper Town: Haystead (GK), Shaw, Cooksey, Williams (Johnson 72’), Parker, Watt, Shannon-Lewis (Steadman 55’), Graves (Capt.), Garnett, Kabanje (Goddard 45’), Stevenson.

Unused subs: Minott, Hemagou.

Gresley FC: Swift (GK), Roome, Guy, Bailey (Wood 59’), Barrett (Capt.), Carlisle, Smyth, Langston, Ricketts (Meade 64’), Ball, White (Mzungwana 50’).

Unused subs: Harrison, Keane.

Attendance: 307

Referee: Declan Bourne (Chilwell)

Assistant referees: Ryan Haynes (Burton on Trent) & Daniel Ghent (Bristol)