Crosby at the double as United win on their travels

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Belper United won their Central Midlands League South game 2-1 at Newark Town on Saturday.

Both teams started slowly on a hot and windy day with a bouncy pitch making football difficult. Newark Town started to take control of possession without really troubling the Belper goal.

However, against the run of play, on 25 minutes a excellent ball from Kyle Wadsworth found Luke Crosby who easily outpaced Newark to slot home for Belper United.

The rest of the first half saw the game follow a similar pattern, Newark Town keeping possession but Belper United always looking the more likely to score on the break.

Belper United doubled their lead on 52 minutes. A long clearance from Adam Jablonski easily cleared the Newark backline and Crosby again outstripped the defence to this time produce a fabulous finish into the bottom corner.

After 80 minutes, Dan Riley had a chance to put the result in no doubt, when a neat ball from Adam Nicholls on the halfway line saw Riley burst through the Newark defensive line again but he screwed his shot just wide of the far post.

Following the pattern of the last three games, Belper conceded a late goal but claimed a deserved win.

Manager Steve Watson said: “This was a tricky game on a tricky pitch, and we looked a little tired after our cup efforts in midweek. But we took three big away points of a current top three side so the result is a very pleasing. We are still in the mix for the title and have some some big games coming up, so we will continue to dig deep and push on.”

United stalwart Paul Postlethwaite added: “The game was lit up by two excellent finishes by Luke Crosby, who has been fabulous leading the line in our last two league matches. With the games still coming thick and fast, squad rotation is important and we have managed to rest a couple of our players, so let’s hope that benefits us during the next few games.”