Belper Town continued to build their pre-season momentum with a tidy 4-0 victory over a Sheffield United XI on Friday evening at Christchurch Meadow.
Manager Peter Duffield continued to experiment with his side, starting with new boys Jordan Ball and Evan Garnett upfront.
It was a young Blades side, who were neat and tidy in possession, however lacked the physical presence required to battle even against a good looking Belper side.
The first piece of action on the night resulted in a goal after just eight minutes through left winger Rob Stevenson. It was a goal to whet the appetite as Evan Garnett picked the ball up 30 yards from goal and spun well to knock the ball out to the left towards Ball.
Ball then played a good pass into Stevenson, who got in behind his marker inside the area, and fired a shot which rose above the keeper and hit the back of the net in fine style.
Centre half Regan Edridge then had two good opportunities on the 14th minute, the first coming from an Ian Ross corner from the right which was attacked well at the far post by Edridge, only for his header to be blocked from close range, and his follow-up shot was then blocked on the line by Joe Cheeseman.
However, two minutes later another Ross corner from the right was again attacked by the head of Edridge at the far post, who this time made no mistake to power his header beyond Aaron Ramsdale, and make it 2-0 to Belper Town.
Jordan Ball then had a good opportunity after Steve Warne intercepted a pass inside the opposition half, and fed Ball on the right angle, whose shot dragged wide of the far post.
Even Garnett then saw a swerving effort saved well by Ramsdale, as the number 10 found space right of centre, and fizzed a good effort which crept towards the near post. However Ramsdale watched it well and produced the save.
The final chance of the first half came for Ball again, after good football by Garnett and Stevenson, as Ball’s shot from the right was struck low and well saved by Ramsdale.
The second half produced more chances than the first, as the Nailers ensured good value for money on a sunny Friday night.
Ross had the first effort, with a shot gliding just wide of the left hand post, and Ball missing a sitter from six yards, as Stevenson’s square ball took a bobble in front of Ball to agonisingly scoop over the bar.
Simon Harrison then had an effort tipped over, after a good short corner between Stevenson and Garnett on the left hand side.
The Blades first effort than came on the hour mark, as a corner from the right was whipped towards the far post where Jake Wright rose to head the ball, however his effort was well held by Martin.
Further chances for Froggatt and Cole went begging, and another opportunity for United was missed, until a third goal for Belper ten minutes from time ensured a comfortable victory in their fourth pre-season game.
Aaron Cole produced a delicious cross from the right which Froggatt attacked well with the keeper. This resulted in a spill by Ramsdale, to set up Kieran Wells for the half volley from ten yards, which was controlled well to spin into the top corner.
Jon Froggatt then made it four on 86 minutes, after another Aaron Cole cross from the left was attacked by Froggatt at the far post, with his initial headed effort being deflected, but Froggatt reacted quickest to strike the follow up into the near right corner.
The Nailers’ next game at Christchurch Meadow comes on Friday, with a fixture against Derby County, a 7.30pm kick off.