Reserves score four in draw

Belper Town Reserves 4

Teversal Reserves 4

After dropping their first points of the season last week, Belper were looking to bounce back as they welcomed Teversal to Christchurch Meadow.

The Nailers did not get the start they wanted as they found themselves 2-0 down with only six minutes on the clock. Poor defending allowed the away side to open the scoring and a horrible deflection gave Belper ‘keeper Ashley Smith no chance immediately after.

Belper looked dangerous going forward, as they always do, and midway through the half they hit back when new signing Kurt Dallison smashed a right foot strike from outside the box which flew into the top corner of the net. Confidence grew in the home ranks and shortly after, Sam Vickers pinched the ball in the oppositions half and as his pace took him away from pursuing defenders, he rounded the ‘keeper to finish with his left foot.

With the Nailers on the ascendancy, they were disappointed when Teversal went in front once more, when a mix-up between Liam Parkin and ‘keeper Smith allowed Robert Orton to pounce and walk the ball into an empty net.

However, this was soon cancelled out when Ashley Hunter produced a stunning left foot strike to take the teams into the break on even terms, as just before the half-time whistle, Smith produced a magnificent save to tip the ball over the bar.

The second period was an even affair throughout the half, but it was the Nailers who got their nose in front for the first time in the match, when Dallison bagged his second when he was first to react from a corner to head home.

The lead did not last long though as Belper showed their vulnerability from set pieces, as from a corner kick, they failed to track their runners and Teversal levelled the game again. As the game entered the last few minutes it was Belper who looked the more likely to produce a winner when they had two penalty shouts turned away, and Alex Wilson’s looping header was expertly turned around the post by the Teversal ‘keeper.