Five-star showing as Nailers set up an FA Cup derby with Robins

Jon Froggatt scores for Belper Town''Photo by Tim Harrison
Jon Froggatt scores for Belper Town''Photo by Tim Harrison

Belper Town eased past Retford United with Jon Froggatt and Chris Adam bagging a brace apiece in a pulsating second half, that ended with a 5-o win.

This FA Cup tie at Christchurch Meadow was a game of particular significance to Belper management duo Peter Duffield and Mick Godber, who had considerable success while at Cannon Park just a few seasons ago.

Chris Jones hit a powerful shot from 35 yards that whistled over the crossbar inside the first two minutes and the tie had begun at a high tempo straight from the kick-off.

Graeme Severn’s sweetly struck shot from a cross was cleared off the line by Dan White in the 13th minute as Retford broke forward, then Chris Adam failed to connect with a Shaun Tuton cross three minutes later.

Jon Froggatt’s glancing header wasn’t too far away from the far post after Lee Thompson provided the cross from the left, and Chris Jones floated a cross straight at Jody Barford as the half drew to its close.

The Nailers looked more purposeful at the start of the second period and Chris Adam’s cross in the 50th minute caused problems.

Belper pressure told in the 52nd minute when the ball broke for Glyn Cotton on the edge of the penalty area and he steered the ball hard and low just inside the post.

Belper gave themselves breathing space four minutes later when Chris Adam scored a great individual effort by taking the ball forward and striking a curling shot around the ‘keeper from virtually the same spot as Cotton had done minutes earlier.

The Nailers strengthened their grip on the tie two minutes later when Adam nodded in his second goal from close range after Froggatt had headed a cross back into the six-yard area.

Froggatt added to the Nailers’ goal total in the 68th minute after Glyn Cotton ran across the edge of the penalty area to strike a goalbound effort that Jody Barford managed to parry.

However Froggatt was on hand to nod the ball beyond him.

Jamie Jackson should have used the ball better after getting the better of Jake Stannard in the 80th minute but he curled a wayward effort around the post when Jon Froggatt was better placed to score.

Froggatt put the icing on the cake with a fifth goal on the stroke of full-time when the Nailers stretched Retford once again, and Jackson put Froggatt in the clear.

He put the ball past Jody Barford with typical clinical efficiency.

The Nailers now look forward to an exciting First Qualifying Round tie against Ilkeston at the New Manor Ground, to take place on September 14.