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Belper Town’s visit to Harrison Park to play Leek Town on Saturday fell victim to the weather on a weekend when only one game took place in the Evo-Stik Northern League.

However, even though his side had an enforced break, Peter Duffield took time out to praise his Belper Town squad, saying the side’s current unbeaten run is down to their positive attitude.

The Nailers will be looking to stretch their record to 17 games without loss when they travel to Carlton Town Leek Town for their Evo-Stik Northern First Division South game at the Bill Stokeld Stadium this evening (Wednesday 7.45pm).

A playoff spot is all but confirmed for Belper following their 3-1 victory over Loughborough Dynamo 11 days ago, with the Nailers currently sitting fourth.

Duffield said he was delighted with his side’s season so far, particularly given the results of other strong teams in the division over recent months.

“This run is down to the players, they have done magnificently this season,” said Duffield.

“You would think overconfidence might be a problem but if that was the case the run would have ended a long time ago, and that is down to them.

“The run we’re on is fantastic but some of the runs other teams have been on are unbelievable.

“If you look at Chasetown, they won six games on the bounce, Sutton Coldfield are on a great run too, and there’s been some fabulous runs from teams in this division.

“I said when I saw the teams in the league before the season that this would be a much tougher season than we had last year, so we’ve had to have this run to be where we are.”

“We know if we don’t play well or if the players’ attitude is bad, then we won’t win on Wednesday at Carlton.”

Even so, Duffield praised his squad and in particular those players who have found themselves just outside the starting 11 in recent weeks.

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“I’m expecting everybody to be available and everyone, importantly, really wants to play,” said Duffield.

“The substitutes who have come on have been brilliant.

“Mark Ward and Colin Marrison have both come on recently and done very well, while Dan White has come on and looked sharp.

“That leaves a really good feeling for the coaches. These guys want to play and don’t sulk if they’re on the bench.

“They’re always shouting encouragement to the lads from the bench.

“When they’re shouting encouragement and celebrating goals with the lads on the pitch, you know you’ve got a great squad.”