Belper Town Ladies progressed into the semi-final of the League Cup with a 4-2 win away at Hilton Harriers.
Injuries had severely depleted Belper’s squad and with only three defenders available, new goalkeeper Steph offered to play out in an unfamiliar role of right-back.
Following a two-minute silence for Remembrance Sunday, it was Hilton who got the game under way and it was the hosts who had most of the early play as long balls over the top were troubling the Belper backline.
Belper tried to get a grip on the game but nothing was going right in the middle of the park and possession was being lost easily.
This resulted in Hilton taking the lead as a player was allowed to run through from midfield and placed the ball wide of the diving keeper to make it 1-0 to the hosts.
With ten minutes of the half remaining Belper made their first change bringing on Sue for Kelly in midfield, and it wasn’t long before she made her presence known as she allowed Belper to create opportunities going forward.
Belper were given stern words at half-time and came out a different side.
From the kick-off they showed what they were capable of as the midfield linked up well with each other to create a number of chances, and it wasn’t long before Helen was played in by Sue to level the scores.
Five minutes later Belper were in front as Jemma put Leah clear and she put the ball past the on rushing ‘keeper to make it 2-1.
Belper were then forced to shuffle players about as Hannah went off for Kelly, but everything about the team now looked positive as Jemma scored the third goal after latching onto a long goal-kick.
Belper got a little complacent with the lead and Hilton scored a second not long after, having had an earlier strike disallowed for offside.
The visitors responded quickly though, as Helen scored her second and Belper’s fourth to ensure a successful trip and a last-four berth.