Struggling Belper Town well beaten by Nantwich Town

Belper Town v Nantwich 'The Marston's Stadium Bridge Street Belper Derbyshire'The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier''Belper Town Manager Jon Froggatt.''Picture by Dan Westwell
Belper Town v Nantwich 'The Marston's Stadium Bridge Street Belper Derbyshire'The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier''Belper Town Manager Jon Froggatt.''Picture by Dan Westwell

The Nailers were unable to follow up with a victory after two successive wins in all competitions as Nantwich Town put four past the home side at the Marston’s Stadium.

Player Manager Jon Froggatt named the same starting 11 from the previous victory over Stamford AFC, as the defence were looking to build on their solidarity shown away from home four days earlier.

Belper Town v Nantwich 'The Marston's Stadium Bridge Street Belper Derbyshire'The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier''Belper Town's Aaron Pride & Nantwich's John Disney.''Picture by Dan Westwell

Belper Town v Nantwich 'The Marston's Stadium Bridge Street Belper Derbyshire'The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier''Belper Town's Aaron Pride & Nantwich's John Disney.''Picture by Dan Westwell

Belper created the first two good opportunities of the game as Steve Warne had a shot cleared off the line, before Burbeary cut inside from the left to fire a low shot on target, with the ‘keeper latching on to the effort with both hands.

However, it was the visitors who took the lead after 23 minutes through centre back Andy Pearson.

The Dabbers earned a corner on the left hand side which was floated in the centre of the box, where Towey headed the ball out to safety towards the right. Kosylo picked up the loose ball and dinked a smart cross towards the far post, where Pearson was on hand unmarked to squeeze his header between Martin and the post to give his side the lead.

The Nailers responded relatively well but failed to create any clear cut chances. And following a corner for the home side, Nantwich were able to break and score their second goal after 36 minutes.

Belper Town v Nantwich 'The Marston's Stadium Bridge Street Belper Derbyshire'The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier''Belper Town players react to going 1-0 down.''Picture by Dan Westwell

Belper Town v Nantwich 'The Marston's Stadium Bridge Street Belper Derbyshire'The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier''Belper Town players react to going 1-0 down.''Picture by Dan Westwell

Ross’s floated corner from the right was headed out by Pearson and Kosylo found space to break with the ball down the left hand side. Then, after a 50 yard sprint, Kosylo bought the ball inside the box and played a square pass to Mark Winslade, who slotted the ball neatly past Martin from eight yards, to double the Dabbers lead.

The second half saw three goals and a hatful of chances for both sides, in an end-to-end 45 minutes.

Glyn Cotton stuck a fine volley from the edge of the box two minutes after the restart which was saved well by Smith, and Martin came to his sides’ rescue after s fine save from Winslade inside the box, after the number nine was afforded a free header.

The visitors were then awarded a penalty as Martin fouled Winslade inside the box.

Iain Howard stepped up and struck His shot into the left corner, sending Martin the wrong way after 56 minutes.

There was a glimmer of hope for the a Nailers as they pulled a goal back one minute later.

Ashley Burbeary produced fine skill on the left hand side inside the box, to take the ball to the byline before chipping a cross to the far post, where Jon Froggatt rose above his marker to head home past Smith.

Ashley Burbeary soon received his marching orders for a second yellow card with 20 minutes remaining, leaving the Nailers with a helpless task for the remainder of the game.

Substitute Steve Jones came off the bench for Nantwich to fire home the goal of the day with two minutes remaining, leaving the Nailers with an all too familiar sinking feeling come the final whistle.

A weak goal kick by Martin was picked up 35 yards from goal by Jones, who took a touch and laced a terrific strike with his left foot which stunned the movement of Martin and flew into the corner of the net.

Belper Town: Martin, Goulding, Pride, Ross (Bruno Holden 65), Watt, Adams, Cotton (Stevenson 65), Warne, Froggatt, Towey, Burbeary. Subs: James, Varley, Ratcliffe.

Nantwich Town: Smith, Disney, White, Jones, Bailey, Pearson, Kosylo, Pepper (Steve Jones 72), Winslade, Clayton (Harrop 83), Howard.

Referee: Geoffrey Law (Leicester).

Attendance: 268.

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