Nailers go marching on with their latest victory

Chris Adam (Belper Town)''Photo by Tim Harrison
Chris Adam (Belper Town)''Photo by Tim Harrison
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Belper Town remained on course for a play-off spot with a relatively comfortable victory over Loughborough Dynamo, although it wasn’t until late in the game that the destination of the points was confirmed.

The Nailers named Dan White as a substitute after returning to the club last week.

After a lively start from the visitors, it was Belper who struck first in the eighth minute when Shaun Tuton’s driven cross from the right was turned in at the near post by Chris Adam.

Jon Froggatt battled his way past two defenders in the 17th minute and had his shot beaten away by Laurie Pearson, then Chris Adam’s follow-up effort was diverted just past the post.

The Nailers spurned a great chance to add to their total in the 25th minute when Glyn Cotton had space just inside the area but chose to pass to Shaun Tuton who overran the ball.

Greg Wright put over a good cross in the 43rd minute that Eric Graves headed wide, but in the 45th minute Thomas Liversedge punished the Nailers when he snapped up a close range opportunity.

Jon Froggatt sent Chris Adam away in the 53rd minute but the Belper winger put the ball too close to the ‘keeper, than moments later he volleyed just past the far post from the corner of the six-yard area.

Jon Froggatt brought a sigh of relief from the Belper supporters when he grabbed the lead back for the Nailers in the 57th minute, after Eric Graves had nudged the ball forward into his path and Belper’s top scorer steered the ball past Laurie Pearson.

Shaun Tuton couldn’t find the target two minutes later as he tried to lob the ‘keeper and the Nailers really needed to get a third goal as Loughborough hadn’t given up on the game and looked capable of scoring a second equaliser.

Chris Adam was denied by a fingertip save from Laurie Pearson in the 78th minute after a 30-yard run into the box, and, from the resulting corner kick taken by Glyn Cotton, Jon Froggatt snapped up his 16th goal of the season with a close range finish.

Richard Adams blasted a great chance wide in the 87th minute after Colin Marrison found him in space with a cross to the penalty spot.

Adams stabbed a half chance wide on the 90th minute as the Nailers searched for a fourth goal.

The result will be of far greater significance than the performance as the Nailers moved on to 16 games without defeat, and further consolidated their place in the play off zone of the Evo-Stik League Division One South.

Belper Town: Chapman, Wright, Rushbury, Cotton, Roulston, Adams, Adam, Warne, Froggatt (Ward 83), Tuton (Thomas 76), Graves (Marrison 59). Unused subs: White, Ratcliffe.

Loughborough Dynamo: Pearson, Dale-Brown (Whitman 32), Young, Henton, Masters, Jarvis, Richards, Williams, Liversedge (Langham 76), Norris, Brennan. Unused subs: Wykes, Betts.

Referee: Ben Cooke (Atherstone)

Att: 180

Match Sponsor: Lubrizol, Belper

Man of the Match: Jon Froggatt