Belper Town earn first league win since November against Halesowen Town

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Belper Town earned their first league victory since November with a 2-1 win at home to Halesowen Town, just three days after sealing relegation away from the premier league.

Phil Watt and Laurie Wilson came back in to the side after serving a two game suspension, meaning Jonathan Williams and Matt Varley started from the bench.

The visitors created the brighter chances of the first half with Tonks coming close from the edge of the box after just four minutes.

Shariff had an opportunity just a minute later when the ball fell to him inside the box after Stevenson set him up, only for his shot to blocked well by the defender.

Tonks then had his sides best chance of the game after 15 minutes. Haseley worked his way into the penalty area down the left hand side after good skill to take his man on.

The number ten then laid the ball back to Tonks on the penalty spot in oceans I space, and low side-footed effort drove inches wide of the left hand post.

Ben Turner came close after the half hour mark after a wonderful searching pass by Wilson found Turner on the right hand side.

The right midfielder then cut inside and beat two players, before drilling his shot half a yard over the bar from inside the box.

The Nailers got their goal on the 41st minute through the red-hot Nabil Shariff.

Stevenson found possession on the right hand side and slipped Warne in who ran beyond him.

Warne then dinked a cross to the back post which was headed out by the defender.

But the ball fell to Shariff who took one touch to control, before tearing his shot in to the left hand corner, beyond the reach of Sargeant.

Christie saw his header cleared off the line by Lister just two minutes before the break, which ensured the Nailers would hold their lead at half time.

The second half began with neither side able to take a hold of the game, until the 63rd minute, when the Nailers scored their second goal.

Again Laurie Wilson was at the heart of it as his diagonal ball from right to left found the man-of-the-match Rob Stevenson.

Stevenson then skinned his man and worked his way to the by-line before drilling in a low cross towards the back post, where Ben Turner arrived to slide the ball in from close range.

And this, a true testament to the engine that Turner possesses.

The game then opened up for a final grandstand 20 minutes.

Christie and Haseley both came close for Halesowen, while Stevenson continued to run the show going forward for Belper, as he saw an effort get tipped inches wide by the impressive Halesowen ‘keeper.

The visitors did strike back to half the deficit in added time, as Kristian Green’s turn and shot inside the box found the bottom left corner.

But even against the vulnerable Nailers, it proved too little too late to rescue a point from the game.

Belper Town: Haystead, Turner, Matthews, Lister, Miller, Watt, Wilson, Warne, Garnett (Williams 88), Shariff, Stevenson. Subs: Froggatt, Towey, Varley, Karkach.

Halesowen Town: Sargeant, Green, Griffiths (Lloyd 72), Bragoli, Hull, Tilt, Charlton (Heard 79), Tonks, Christie, Haseley, Meese. Subs: Forde, Granville, Pearson.

Referee: Sean Richardson (Huthwaite).

Attendance: 163.