Paul Postlethwaite says the result, and not the way they attained it, was the most important factor after watching his side win 2-1 at Bulwell.
Belper were sluggish for most of the game but ground out a narrow victory to maintain their ten-streak unbeaten run.
“I’m sure it wasn’t a great game for the spectator, but the result was more important than the performance today,” said Postlethwaite.
“We are now 10 games unbeaten and even though we have games in hand on the teams above, we needed to ensure we took all three points and we did that today.
“It was a sticky surface and Tim Perry put in a impressive performance in the middle of midfield.
“It is always nice to have both your strikers score and the club would like to wish Jordan Ball all the success in the future in his pursuit of a professional career.”
Belper got off to a fantastic start with a goal after only 20 seconds.
A midfield mix-up saw Jordan Ball released and after going past a number of static defenders, he appeared to run the ball too wide, but a neat ball stood up to the back post saw Evan Garnett head into a empty net for his first goal for the club.
Another mazy run from Ball gave a chance for Belper United to double their lead but the ‘keeper stood up and saved well.
With the game turning scrappy and both struggling to get the ball down and play in the conditions, Bulwell had their first chance of the half but Scott Whittingham got down well to save at the foot of the post.
The second half continued in much the same manner, with both teams having equal amount of possession but United looking the only side likely to add to the scoring.
After 70 minutes a Joe Conkleton free-kick was met powerfully by Tim Perry but his header flashed just wide of the post.
Finally, United made sure of all three points after 86 minutes.
Evan Garnett releasing Ball and his exquisite chip over the keeper made it 2-0 and was a fitting way for him to end his last match for United before he goes to Sweden to take up an option of a professional contract.
Bulwell got a goal back in the 93rd minute but it was too late to influence the result as the ref blew almost immediately for full-time.