Nick crowned as world champion

Mark Ward celebrates his goal for Belper Town
Mark Ward celebrates his goal for Belper Town

A well-fought draw for Belper Town at Carlton Town on Saturday adds another point to their league tally, and manager Peter Duffield was pleased with his side’s performance.

“I felt we should have won the game. We created plenty of chances and we could have been three up by half time.”

He continued: “At the moment it just feels as though we are not getting that little bit of luck required to win certain types of game. Our opposition are striking the ball from 30 yards and it’s sailing into the top corner, whereas we’re creating chances in the 18-yard box and they’re getting blocked or deflected.”

A change in the line-up for Belper was welcomed by the manager, who felt his selection had paid off. “Colin Marrison was back from holiday and he came in to add some strength into the midfield and I felt it made us much more solid.

“The back five played tremendous for us and we never looked in too much danger. I thought it was a really entertaining game.

“Both teams were at it and there were a few fouls but nothing malicious and both teams played the game in good spirit. I felt we gained pride after the game after our defeat the previous Tuesday, which was disappointing because I felt we should have taken advantage of the extra man.However, I feel Coalville Town are the best team we’ve played this season so far.”

Finally, the manager raised his delight at the news of Aaron Pride getting back into training. “We’ve had some brilliant news as Aaron’s scan has shown no further damage so now he can begin slowly training again to rebuild his muscles.

“It’ll still be a short while until he is involved in a game but to have him back in training again is brilliant.

I was gutted for him when he got his injury after just coming back from a long layoff last season.”

In other Nailers news, disability football sessions operated by Belper Town FC are threatened with closure.

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The numbers of children attending the sessions has diminished alarmingly in recent months.

At the present time, only one disabled child is currently attending the sessions, which operate between 5pm and 6pm on Wednesday evenings at the Holbrook Centre for Autism. The scheme has been operating for over two years and is part of the Derbyshire Inclusive Clubs programme, which is mentored by the Derby County Community Trust.

Children with a range of disabilities are able to attend the sessions, which are tailored, wherever possible, to meet the individual needs of the participants

Scheme spokesman David Laughlin said: “Whilst we have the funding to maintain the sessions for a while longer, we cannot justify the cost of hiring the facility and paying for a specialist qualified coach whilst the numbers attending the sessions are so low.

“We are therefore appealing to parents of children with a range of disabilities to make contact with us and to see if their children will enjoy playing football in a non-threatening environment.”

Enquiries and bookings for the sessions can be obtained from Rob Willis (BTFC Disability Coach) on 07807 269696, by email at rob-footballcoach@hotmail.co.uk or alternatively just turn up for the sessions at the centre.