Clean sheet and three points as United beat Mickleover RBL

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Belper United made two changes to the side that beat Linby last week as they secured a 3-0 win over Mickleover RBL on Saturday in the Central Midlands League.

The match attracted a decent crowd of over 130 as not only had the club sponsors been invited to attend, but local Belper School St Johns had been given free tickets for one adult and one child to attend and hopefully we encouraged a new batch of young supporters to join the Green Army.

Both sides battled hard for supremacy in the first 30 minutes without too much goalmouth action. Mickleover RBL had the first chance when a flowing move involving Dave Moon ended in Adam Jablonski tipping over a long range effort.

In the same period, Belper United’s only effort of any note came from an individual effort from Luke Crosby which ended with a fine save from the RBL keeper.

After 35 minutes, Belper United finally got their passing game together and a fine move including Scott Clapperton and Luke Crosby saw the ball tapped home at the far post by Tom Curtis. Five minutes later Belper doubled the lead when Sam Vickers gambled on a long clearance and with his pace outstripping the full back to the byline and squared the ball for Scott Clapperton to slot in from six yards out.

Belper came out in the second half looking to improve on the score and after a move down the left the ball was squared to the back post but Ben Summers just failed to tap into a empty net.

On 55 minutes a disputed freekick was given on the edge of the RBL box. Tom Curtis stepped up and smashed an unstoppable left foot shot into the top corner to put the game out of Mickleover RBL’s reach.

Manager Steve Watson said: “We won 3-0, gained three points and had another clean sheet without really playing at our best.

“For 30 minutes, the game could have gone either way, but we scored two late goals in the first half to put us in a commanding position.

“Another Tom Curtis thunderbolt secured the game early in the second half and it was nice to rest some players and give the bench some valuable minutes on the pitch.

“We have a great set of lads and are now in a positive frame of mind for next week’s tricky League Cup tie away at Glapwell from the Central Midlands League North.”