The Nailers moved into sixth place in the Evo-Stik Division One South after a resounding four-goal victory over visitors Kidsgrove Athletic at Christchurch Meadow on Saturday afternoon.
Goals for Mark Ward, Jon Froggatt (two) and Kieran Wells ensured a comfortable afternoon for those in yellow.
The first half hour produced little action with neither ‘keeper being put to the test after two efforts from Thomas Wakefield and a good strike from Shane Reaney were all off target for Kidsgrove.
Gareth Davies also created an opportunity for himself on the 29th minute when he won the ball back on the halfway line and burst forward to open up the shot, which blazed two yards over the bar.
The opening goal came for Belper on the 37th minute after a foul on the edge of the box was awarded, and the in-form Mark Ward confidently stepped up to curl a brilliant effort over the wall and into the near corner, which grazed the inside of the post on its way, passing the despairing Daniel Read.
The Nailers began to attack from all angles. On the 41st minute, Jon Froggatt slipped the ball through to Steve Warne, who just got the touch before the onrushing ‘keeper, only to be ruled just offside.
The second half proved a joy to watch as the Nailers scored three more goals and dissected their opponents from the first whistle. However, an effort from Michael Carr to the right edge of the area was sent across goal, falling two yards wide of the far post for The Grove.
The Nailers then doubled their lead on the 49th minute. It was a great move which began with the ball being played down the left for Ward to collect. Ward then turned back inside and opened up the angle to deliver a teasing cross which just evaded the head of the defender and Harrison brought the ball down superbly. Harrison then played a dink over the ‘keeper across the six yard box for the unmarked Jon Froggatt to volley home.
The game was put beyond all doubt on the 66th minute. A throw on the left hand side by Chris Adam was played to Ward, who held the ball well and played the return to Adam into the box whose first time drive across the six yard line was met by the unmarked Jon Froggatt for a second time to place into the back of the net, beyond the goalkeeper and the defender on the line.
Substitute Kieran Wells then got his fourth Nailers goal in a week on the 81st minute. A corner was played in from the right by Gareth Davies and Wells jumped well to power his header into the far corner and complete the scoring.