Belper Town returned to winning ways with two successive victories in the space of five days, to turn around their misfortune from the previous week.
Firstly, they travelled to Goole on Tuesday night and ran riot to smash their opponents 6-2 in the league, followed by an FA Trophy Preliminary Round victory at home to Loughborough Dynamo, 2-0.
Manager Peter Duffield is relieved his players have provided a reaction and is hoping for a more relaxing week before Saturday’s fixture.
“It’s good to get back to winning ways. I’d say we actually played better against Carlton than we did yesterday against Loughborough but the main thing was to win. I’m absolutely delighted with the lads.
“Football is a funny thing, we were failing to convert chances one week after good performances and not deserving to lose, followed by scoring a hatful of goals in one week where yesterday it could have gone either way.”
The Nailers introduced two new signings to the team on Saturday in Liam Davis and Gareth Davies, and Duffield was keen to place on record his thanks to the two clubs directly involved.
“A massive thank you to Matlock Town and Stocksbridge Park Steels for making sure the transfers went through so quickly, it really helped us out for the game on Saturday.
“Regarding the two new boys, they’ve not played a lot of minutes this season so it’s a credit to them to have come into the game and played so well.”
The Nailers now look forward to a week of training and recuperation before the next fixture, and one hopes there will be a smaller injury list.
“Sam Duncum and Chris Adam were doing some light training on Saturday so we’ll assess them this week, but we hope they can be available.
“Jon Froggatt and Colin Marrison both fell ill late in the week and couldn’t play a part in the game at a risk of the illness spreading. Hopefully it’s one of those 24-48 hour bugs and they’ll be back to normal next week.”