Table topping United continue their excellent start to season

Hat-trick scorer Ashley Dhindsa of Belper United''Photo by Terry Fletcher

Hat-trick scorer Ashley Dhindsa of Belper United''Photo by Terry Fletcher

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Belper United were without Sam Vickers and James Baxter on Saturday for their Central Midlands League game with Clifton.

Shaun Roulston came in at centre midfield and John Poplar strengthened the bench.

United started slowly and let last year’s champions get a foothold in the game. Clifton AW were totally dominant and giving the United full backs a torrid time but luckily all the attacking play came to nothing.

After 44 minutes, the game was completely spun on its head.

A rare breakaway from United saw a Luke Crosby cross confuse the Clifton keeper and he could only tip the ball against the crossbar. Ash Dhindsa was there to tap the ball home.

Belper United started the second half a completely different side, full of confidence.

After 50 minutes, Belper United doubled their lead. A long clearance looked like being collected by the Clifton keeper but he stopped, leaving himself and the defender stranded and the ever willing Dhindsa nipped in, rounded both and smashed the ball in.

Dhindsa then completed his hatrick on 80 minutes.

Manager Paul Postlethwaite said: “We were poor in the first half and Clifton totally dominated us but we got a bit of luck with the goal just before half-time.

“In the second half, we came out a different side, and fully deserved the victory.”

He added: “The defence was well protected by Shaun Roulston who was outstanding in the second half and being able to bring Sam Carter on also helped us see out the game.”

On Monday, Roulston was the hero as his late goal helped United to gain a 2-2 draw.

In fact, Roulston goal came six minutes into added time at Hucknall Town.

After earlier goals from Matt Clowes for Hucknall and Luke Crosby for Belper, the home side must have thought they had pinched it with Aaron Evans’ 89th minute goal, but it wasn’t to be.

The draw means that Belper United remain on top of the table, six games into the season.