United are looking good after their latest victory

Belper United’s latest pre-season friendly was away to Step 6 EMCL Side Ellistown & Ibstock United, where they won 3-1.

Dan Riley has rejoined the club having spent the pre-season with Heanor Town and Blake Owen came in up front, having spent his pre-season with Belper Town.

Belper United started brightly and were unlucky not to be awarded a penalty in the first few minutes.

Belper, playing a 4-4-2, were getting the ball down at every opportunity to play.

After eight minutes though, a knee injury forced Dan Riley off, to be replaced by Tim Perry.

There were few real goalmouth incidents even though Belper were controlling the play.

On 30 minutes, after a corner had been cleared and the ball sent back into the box, Scott Slater swivelled and smashed a shot against the far post.

Five minutes later, Belper finally took the lead after a Kyle Wadsworth corner was headed in by Tim Perry.

Belper made two changes at half time with Adam Jablonski going in goals and Shaun Smith up front to replace Luke Crosby.

After missing a good chance seconds before, Ellistown & Ibstock equalised with a 30-yard wonder volley.

This finally shook Belper United back into action and on 70 minutes they deservedly retook the lead.

Great work by Tim Perry saw the ball won in midfield, feeding the ball to Ben Summers, whose 40-yard mazy run past a number of players ended in him squaring to Shaun Smith, who took one touch and smashed the ball into the top corner.

Five minutes later, Ellistown & Ibstock made a change to the goalkeeper and his first job was to pick the ball out of the net after the full-back passed it back 30 yards to a totally unaware keeper.

The two quick goals gave Belper United the cushion to see out the last 15 minutes with ease and gain a worthy victory after a positive performance.

Paul Postlethwaite, who stood in for Steve Watson on the day, said: “We were impressive all over the field we had a few negatives points from Monday’s game but we put them right and ran out deserved winners.

“We look tight at the back and looked like scoring all day long. The best thing was the passing today, we got it down and played against a decent team from a league higher and looked the better side all game. The only negative today was the knee injury to Dan Riley, but we are hoping it isn’t too serious.”

Phill Alcock added: “This was the best performance of pre-season by a long way. We were good with the ball in the other matches but poor without it, but we talked about it and they certainly put that right today. We are looking like having a excellent squad of 20 first team players this season and, also having plenty of players in the reserves fighting for the place as well, it all looks very rosy at the moment.”

Next up for United is a match at Alton Manor on Saturday, August 3, against Dronfield Town (3pm kick off).