Forward’s double strike nails back-to-back wins for Town

Ruben Wiggins-Thomas makes it 3-1 for Belper Town against Kidsgrove Athletic. PHOTO: Tim Harrison
Ruben Wiggins-Thomas makes it 3-1 for Belper Town against Kidsgrove Athletic. PHOTO: Tim Harrison

A Ruben Wiggins-Thomas brace helped guide Belper Town to a convincing win on Saturday.

Wiggins-Thomas was involved in all three goals and had an air of confidence that seemed to rub off on the players around him as the Nailers completed back-to-back wins and the league double over the visitors.

Belper’s ninth home win of the season saw them leapfrog Kidsgrove into 11th place in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One South ahead of the Easter Monday fixtures.

Wiggins-Thomas opened the scoring in spectacular fashion as his effort found the top right corner 10 minutes before half-time.

Nine minutes after the break he created the second as the Nailers doubled their lead.

Wiggins-Thomas’s shot hit the post but bounced back to Alex Steadman, who took his opportunity well.

The visitors fought back, however, as an Anthony Malbon 67th minute penalty made the game tense for Belper.

Gerome Palmer brought down a Kidsgrove player in the box and the referee instantly pointed to the spot.

The visitors started to pile the pressure on the Nailers, but the second goal of the afternoon from Wiggins-Thomas made sure the home side got the result they deserved.

The striker sealed victory with a fine finish into the bottom left corner six minutes from time.

Laurence Constable played a terrific ball to the forward, who took his chance excellently and secured all three points.

Some home fans may have been concerned going into the fixture as Phil Watt and Evan Garnett were both missing through suspension.

But the Belper players had enough to get past what could have been tricky opponents as the majority of the 270-strong crowd went home happy.

Kidsgrove were the third team beaten twice in the league this season by Belper after an identical scoreline on the opening day of the season.

Rugby Town and Loughborough Dynamo were the other two teams to become victims of a Belper double.

The Nailers will complete their league season on Saturday when Chasetown are the visitors.

In August the two teams played out a goalless draw.