Crosby at the double in United victory

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Belper United completed a fine 4-1 victory over Mickleover RBL on Wednesday night in the Central Midlands League.

With Shaun Roulston, Joe Conkleton, Ash Dhindsa and Adam Moss all missing, United had to reshuffle the pack again.

Sam Vickers, Luke Crosby, James Baxter returned and Gareth Davies came in to bolster the centre of midfield.

For the second game running, United started strongly.

After eight minutes, they took the lead as Luke Crosby curled a shot into the top corner from the edge of the area.

Jordan Ball was looking like adding to the scoreline but last-ditch defending and great keeping from Daz Keeling kept him out.

Belper doubled their lead on 21 minutes. Luke Crosby fed in Sam Vickers and he easily outstripped the defence and slotted home.

RBL started to get more into the game and after 35 minutes could of pulled a goal back but the header came back of the crossbar.

As expected RBL, came out strongly after the break, but it was United who increased their lead further.

Jordan Ball got the goal his excellent all-round play deserved. His quick turn and shot into the bottom corner made it 3-0 on 52 minutes.

RBL hadn’t given up and five minutes later deservedly pulled a goal back when Ben Stockley tapped home after a corner from the left.

With Daz Ruston and Danny Briscoe giving the United defence a hard time, they looked to have pulled another goal back but the linesman deemed the header offside.

After 70 minutes, United finally made the game safe. A cross from the left was laid off by substitute Matt Wright and Luke Crosby tapped home for his second of the match.

Manager Paul Postlethwaite said: “It was a much better performance tonight and we were very clinical in front of goal. We knew RBL were going to give us a tough game and when needed we dug in as well.

“Going top of the league and seven games unbeaten is all very nice but doesn’t really mean a lot at this time of the year. But we will know how things are shaping up for the season against Mickleover Royals on Saturday, who are flying at the moment with a 100 per cent record so far.”