Tough trip for Duffield squash aces

Roberto Labatte and Mark Ward in the Eastwood v Belper game
Roberto Labatte and Mark Ward in the Eastwood v Belper game
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A clinical and professional performance from Belper Town on Saturday at Eastwood Town earned them three more valuable points in the Evo-Stik League Division One South.

Manager Peter Duffield was pleased his team picked up the points.

“The main thing for me was the three points. I think we’ve defended better in other games, I was a little disappointed with how often they got in, but fortunately we were able to keep them from scoring until late, when we had three goals of our own. That’s a real credit to Eastwood, they are in a difficult period at the moment but their players went onto the pitch and gave it everything. They’re young lads who are very enthusiastic.”

Two more goals for the in-form Mark Ward meant the Nailers’ frontman was the latest to earn praise from Duffield. “He is an example to everyone. He sits patiently and waits for his chance, he works hard and his attitude is brilliant.

“He is very much behind the team, he wants everyone to do well, even if another teammate takes his place on the field he is urging them to go on and score goals for the team. He is a brilliant person for us to have around the club.”

Duffield is now hoping his team can now go on a run of results and he is confident his team are well placed to do so.

“We’ve had such a difficult fixture list. We’ve played all the top teams, some even twice already and every week it’s a huge battle for us.

“Hopefully now we can get a run of wins which can help us push on. We are now five points from second, which is a nice position for us to be in. We don’t need to be up there yet, as long as we’re in the run-in over the next few months we can always be confident of good things come the end of the season.”

He continued: “I’m very pleased where we are and overall we’ve done very well.”

Duffield is feeling confident with the latest injury list as it continues to diminish. “Philip Watt is struggling and Shaun Roulston is still a short while off, but Aaron Pride is making his presence known, which is fantastic.

“He trained Tuesday and Thursday and I’m ever so excited to see him back, he’s like a new signing for us. Gareth Davies has been running and of course we have a few new signings, who are good to go.”

The Nailers were due to play Ilkeston in the Doodson Cup last night after the News went to press.