Belper Town’s good run of form over the past month came to a grinding halt on Saturday at the hands of visitors Chasetown FC.
A loss by four goals to one was a relatively good reflection on the performance of the two sides, with the Scholars proving to be the better team throughout.
The Nailers did create chances however, but striker Kieran Wells believes a ‘tougher’ approach is required by his side.
“I think we need to be physically stronger, that’s where the game was lost today.
“At half-time, we were well in the game, however the third goal made it difficult, and the fourth goal finished us off.”
Wells did however believe he should have earned his side a penalty after seemingly being tripped from behind.
“It’s not like me to go down. I tried to play on and slot it in, but I still feel a penalty should have been given. That would have put them down to ten men and would have given us the chance to get back in the game.”
Meanwhile, Chris Jones got the Nailers’ only goal of the day, and from few positives this can be deemed the Nailers’ brightest moment in the game.
“To be fair it was intended as a cross, they’ve been getting on my back telling me to score more goals so I’ll take this one. I thought I could have scored last week but obviously they gave it as an own goal by the defender, so I’ll definitely take the credit for this one.”
Looking ahead, he continued: “Goole (on Saturday) will be a difficult game, we just need to pick ourselves up and battle hard next week. That’s all we can do.”
Belper’s most recent result means they drop to seventh in the Evo-Stik Division One South.
However only three points separate them from Sutton Coldfield Town, who are in third.
The Nailers have the chance to put things right on Saturday in a second consecutive home game, with visitors Goole AFC ready to do battle. The last time these two teams met, the Nailers came away with an enormous 6-2 victory, something the players will be hoping they can repeat.
The game kicks off at 3pm at Christchurch Meadow.