League season starts for rugby club

Sam Duncum of Belper Town''Photo by Ken Allsebrook
Sam Duncum of Belper Town''Photo by Ken Allsebrook
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Belper Town have enjoyed a flurry of goals over the past week with impressive results gained in the league and in the cup.

Though a draw at home to Sutton Coldfield Town on Saturday may have halted their winning momentum, the manner in which they finished the game will not have affected their winning mentality, as Jon Froggatt’s 95th minute goal saved a precious point.

Manager Peter Duffield was pleased to see another point added to the league tally. “We tried to play good football and I believe we dominated the game in the first half. Give Sutton credit, they were very good in the second half and they’re a very good side who made it difficult for us at times. But we stuck together and responded extremely well when we went behind.

“We could have tried to see the game out, but instead we went for the jugular and we got our reward. It didn’t help losing Dan White in the warm-up and Chris Jones at half-time both through injury, so taking everything into account it was a positive result in the end.

“We can learn a few lessons from this game, and sometimes you learn more from difficult games than the games where you win by four or five goals, like we have over this last week.”

There has been more good news for Belper Town this week, this time off the field, as a grant from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund of £35,000 has been awarded to the club in order to invest.

This will enable the club to replace their existing floodlighting system with a new energy efficient system that will double the existing lighting levels at the Christchurch Meadow ground.

David Laughlin, company secretary, said: “We are indebted to FSIF for their assistance with our application and for their financial contribution, which will cover 46 per cent of the £76,000 overall cost of the project.

“In recent years our floodlighting system has been giving us real cause for concern but the new system will offer us a reliable, energy efficient and infinitely superior system that will serve us well for the next 20 years or more..

“We hope to install the new floodlights over the next six months.”