The Nailers were much improved against Leamington in the FA Trophy on Saturday after the disappointment of their FA Cup exit at the hands of Ilkeston FC on Tuesday.
Not for the first time this season, they had to recover from a two-goal deficit with a brace of second half strikes and force yet another cup replay, which was due to be played at Leamington last night (Tuesday).
Manager Peter Duffield was in no mood for a repeat performance of Tuesday’s 5-1 thrashing by Ilkeston FC, and was pleased with his team’s reaction.
“I was annoyed and frustrated after Tuesday’s game because I felt some of my players let me down and threw in the towel and I don’t expect to see anything like that from a team I manage. But to be fair I did get a positive reaction, firstly at training on Thursday and again on Saturday where I thought to some extent they redeemed themselves with a positive performance against a strong side from a higher division.
“I was heartbroken to be 2-0 down at half-time because we certainly didn’t deserve it, and there was no ranting and raving in the dressing room because we were effectively dominating the game and they had two shots resulting in two goals.
Belper Town’s league placing has suffered due to all the cup ties they have been involved in during September, but they will resume their league programme on Saturday when they travel to Loughborough.
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They recently triumphed there by the odd goal in seven in the FA Trophy.
“Cup successes tend to have an adverse effect on league placing and we will now have to play catch up and get some points on the board,” said Duffield.
“We have played five games against superior opposition and lost just once so we need to take that confidence and form into our league fixtures, even though the preparation for cup ties is totally different than for league games.”
The Nailers’ reserve side had an impressive 6-2 victory away at Dinnington Town reserves last Saturday and cemented their place at the top of the Central Midland League Supreme Reserve Division.
This coming Saturday they are at home to Eastwood Town reserves.
Meanwhile the first team travel to Loughborough Dynamo on Saturday and then go to Gresley FC on Tuesday evening.