Belper Town recorded their 18th victory of the campaign away to Loughborough Dynamo on Saturday afternoon, extending their current run of form to seven wins from their last nine games.
Goals from Kieran Wells and Jon Froggatt proved too much for the home side, despite Rob Norris seeking late pressure on the Nailers with a late strike to give the home side hope.
Manager Peter Duffield was pleased to tick another successful game off the list, with only seven fixtures remaining in the season.
“It’s another win for us, and another game come and gone. Once again, I have to praise the attitude and commitment of my players as they fought for each other and fought for the shirt, in what could have been a very difficult game for us.”
He noted: “Loughborough are a really good side, I rate them highly. They play some very neat football and they are dangerous going forward, but our defence was brilliant all game. Besides their goal and a couple of chances following that, Scot Low didn’t really have too much to have to deal with, which is pleasing from our perspective.”
The nature of the two goals was a particular highlight for Duffield, who felt his side played some good football throughout, on a good playing surface.
“It’s a fantastic pitch at Loughborough. It really helps to be able to play good football and move the ball quick, as Loughborough themselves do.
“The first goal for us is a fantastic footballing goal. The one-two between Colin and Steve is brilliant, and Colin’s cut back for Kieran was brilliant too. The second goal is equally as good in another way, it’s a great cross from Aaron, who is capable of using both feet in those situations, and Jon has got between two defenders and done what he does to most teams, and that’s punish them when he’s given the opportunity.”
The Nailers travel away on Saturday to Bedworth, and Duffield is pleased to have a week’s recuperation for his players. “It’s great again to have a week to train properly and that allows the players to remain fresh. Certain players such as Kieran Wells and Aaron Pride haven’t had a lot of minutes of late, so we had to bring those two off to avoid any injury, and a week’s break will do them the world of good to get their sharpness back up to scratch. “
He added: “At this crucial stage, we don’t want any injuries. Fortunately, we have a clean bill of health at the moment.”