Five-star show from United as they mount a fine fightback

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Belper United recorded another fine victory in the CML South at the weekend, defeating Real United 5-2.

Manager Steve Watson was again having to juggle his squad around. Shaun Smith and skipper Kyle Wadsworth were sidelined, with Joe Sparham only making the bench. Jamie Wilde came in at centre of midfield.

Belper started very slowly and found themselves two down after 15 minutes, both from crosses from the left that weren’t adequately dealt with. To make matters worse, after 20 minutes Tim Sterland had to come off with an injury, to be replaced by Joe Sparham.

Belper United finally started to get a foothold in the game and after 30 minutes a Ben Summers free-kick was glanced in off a post by a Jamie Wilde header. Five minutes later, another Ben Summers freekick was fumbled by the Real United keeper and Jamie Wilde nodded home again from five yards.

Belper United continued in the ascendency after the break and, on 55 minutes, Jamie Wilde completed his hat-trick. A Sam Vickers corner was met by a bullet header from 12 yards out to make the score 3-2. Real United were pushing forward looking for the equaliser and Adam Jablonski had to make two smart saves to keep them at bay.

Luke Crosby and Sam Vickers were causing all kinds of problems on the break and on 75 minutes they combined well before Sam Vickers slotted home from six yards for his first goal for the club. Five minutes later, Vickers doubled his tally when he came in from the right, beat three men and then drilled a shot home from 20 yards out to seal the victory.

After the game, Steve Watson said: “We needed to bounce back from last Saturday’s FA Vase disappointment, and after the first 20 minutes we did that. We have a bit of a injury list but the squad is being utilised well.”

Tonight (Wednesday), United are at home to Swanwick Pentrich Road (7.45pm) and then they entertain Southwell City on Saturday (3pm).