Belper Town boss Peter Duffield has been pleased with his side’s progress this week, culminating in Saturday’s FA Cup first qualifying round victory at local rivals Ilkeston FC.
Prior to that, the Nailers drew midweek at Leek Town to continue their positive start.
Peter Duffield reflected: “Against Leek, we deserved the point. They had the better first half and got their goal, but we came out second half and great credit to the lads, they played excellent and got the goal they deserved.
“After the match, I felt we had enough in us to possibly create a little more and give ourselves a chances of taking all three points, but coming away from home to the league leaders, you’d have taken a point before the match. What pleased me most was our attitude when we came out in the second half, being one goal down to come out fighting and play the better football is terrific for us.”
The Nailers’ cup success was a huge bonus for the club as they prepare the next round draw, and Duffield was proud of his team’s performance. “We had to work for it. Coming away from home, against a team in the league above tells you how hard those games are. But on our day we’re capable of these types of results and we all stuck together and got what we deserved. The trick is now to maintain it.”
The manager was quick to praise Ilkeston for their hospitality and gave reference to the opposing manager. “They were first class with us all day. They looked after us and provided us with everything.
“I’d like to say a big thanks to their manager. Kevin Wilson is a good personal friend of mine and his actions after the game show the sort of person he is, as he came to shake each and every one of my players’ hands to congratulate them. He also spoke with me after the game and on the phone later on.”
Duffield was also keen to praise his players. “We were very pleased with Shaun Tuton’s header. I think he was as surprised as us all!
“I thought the back five were terrific all game, and Chris Adam came in at left back and looked a natural in that position.”
The Nailers are next in action at Chasetown on Saturday, before hosting Carlton Town on Tuesday, September 24 (7.45pm).