Five-star Belper get back to winning ways

Kieran Wells of Belper Town''Photo by Tim Harrison
Kieran Wells of Belper Town''Photo by Tim Harrison

Belper Town got back to winning ways in fine style against Goole at Christchurch Meadow on Saturday afternoon, the team they beat 6-2 in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.

The game began at a rather slow tempo, with Goole looking the stronger of the two teams as both sets of players looked to stalk each other’s movements.

However, the first goal came in the match at a critical time in the 26th minute and Belper Town scored it.

The impressive Simon Harrison won possession on the right hand side and began to drive at the Vikings backline.

His run inside drew away Jon Froggatt and Mark Ward who drifted out to create the space for Harrison.

He took full advantage as he drove a left footed shot from the edge of the area which was cruelly deflected by the defender to loop agonisingly over the goalkeeper.

The goal then served to spark Belper into life as their next goal came just 60 seconds later.

Again it was Harrison, who this time turned creator to beat the defender down the right and produce a cross which Jon Froggatt headed powerfully into the back on the net.

The creativity didn’t stop there as it took just five more minutes to score a third.

Once again the ever dangerous Harrison got the assist, this time on free kick duty.

The dead ball was positioned 35 yards from goal to the left hand side and Harrison whipped in the cross low for Phil Watt to get the touch to send it into the far right corner to make it three goals in six minutes.

The second half saw Belper play some impressive football in front of their appreciative home fans.

The Nailers were then served a minor warning on the 68th minute when James Cottingham played in a deep corner from the left which found its way to Danny King Bisungu at the far post, who brought the ball down to fire the ball into the back of the net.

However, the reaction of the home side was first class. Belper ensured the momentum stayed with them by playing neat football to relieve the pressure of the back four. Then, on the 84th minute, Mark Ward ensured the points would belong to the Nailers when he was played through on goal, only to attempt to square a pass to Kieran Wells which was cut out by the keeper, however the ball came back for Ward to fire the ball into the back of the empty net.

Kieran Wells then added to the party two minutes later to make it 5-1 as Ward curled in a low cross across the face of the goal for Wells to tap home.