Rampant Belper Town too good for Loughborough Dynamo

Belper Town players celebrate. Pic by Tim Harrison.
Belper Town players celebrate. Pic by Tim Harrison.
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A strong first-half performance did the damage for the Nailers as they cruised to a 5-2 win over Loughborough Dynamo.

The visitors were 3-0 up after half-an-hour thanks to goals from Ben Watkis, debutant Laurence Constable and Alex Steadman.

Ben Watkis opened the scoring for the Nailers when Martin’s poor touch from Chris Spencer’s back-pass allowed him to finish into an unguarded goal.

Constable, who was making his full league debut for Belper, scored the pick of the afternoon’s goals when Steadman’s cross found him on the penalty spot and he swept the ball home with a confident left-footed volley.

Steadman got himself on the scoresheet just minutes later after Jonathan Williams won the ball high up in Dynamo’s half and Watkis played the ball across the box to the goalscorer, who stroked the ball home from close range.

Dynamo pulled one back on the stroke of half-time through Burton Albion loanee Mark Shelton, before Dom Allen came off the bench at half-time for Belper and restored his side’s three goal lead just ten minutes into the second-half.

Will Dennis got the hosts back in the game ten minutes from time when his deep cross eluded Nailers’ ‘keeper Danny Haystead and went all the way in at the back post.

Dynamo, who sit one place off the bottom of the Evo-Stik Division One South table, applied heavy pressure to Haystead’s goal in the dying minutes but Alfie Taylor blazed over their best chance from six-yards out.

Late drama ensued but the Nailers had the last laugh when Alex Steadman rounded Dynamo ‘keeper James Martin only to be brought down.

Martin was given his marching orders and Steadman stepped up to slot the ball past substitute goalkeeper Charlie Hornby from the spot.

It was the second consecutive game Loughborough had conceded five as they fell 5-1 to Romulus last week. They now find themselves two points from safety and the teams above them have games in hand.

Loughborough Dynamo: Martin, Dennis, Cullingworth, Sibson, Jarvis, Shelton, McSweeney (Meer 81 mins), Spencer, Taylor (Samba 72 mins), Hemagou, Brown (Hornby 90 mins).

Unused subs: Brian, Bettles.

Belper Town: Haystead, Bryant, Keenan, Armstrong, Palmer, Watt (Parker 60 mins), Constable (Leggitt 76 mins), Graves, Watkis (Allen 45 mins), Williams, Steadman.

Unused subs: Taggart, Mansfield.

Attendance: 167.

Referee: Andrew Humphries (Daventry).

Assistant referee: Martyn Gospel and Mark Wetherall.