United reflect on a long but successful campaign

Belper United's  Colin Davies, Craig Riley, Steve Watson
Belper United's Colin Davies, Craig Riley, Steve Watson

Belper United have announced that international Heating Specialist company Vaillant, based in the town, are to be this year’s first team shirt sponsor for the season 2013-14.

Belper United would like to thank previous sponsors Paragon Financial Consultants for all their support in the 2012-13 season.

Belper United's Mark Bailey, James Baxter, Darren Mayes

Belper United's Mark Bailey, James Baxter, Darren Mayes

Club secretary Colin Davies said: “We are delighted to have such a large local company like Vaillant to commit to us for the 2013/14 season. It is exciting times for the club with us now ground sharing at Belper Town’s Christchurch Meadow and having entered the FA Vase for the first time in the club’s history.”

Nottingham Road-based Vaillant are one of Europe’s leading heating technology manufacturers.

Meanwhile, the club held its presentation night last week at Christchurch Meadow, Belper.

The major award winners were :-

Belper United's Steve Watson and Paul Postlethwaite

Belper United's Steve Watson and Paul Postlethwaite

First Team

Manager’s Player of the Season - Craig Riley

Players’ Player of the season - Craig Riley

Green Army (Supporters) Player of the Year - Shaun Smith

Reserves

Manager’s Player of the Season - James Baxter

Players’ Player of the season - James Baxter

Green Army (Supporters) Player of the Year - Richard Holmes

The awards were presented by the relevant team managers.

Reflecting on what proved to a very long but successful season for the club, first team manager Steve Watson said: “It’s has been a fabulous season for Belper United 1st Team in only its second season in the Central Midlands League South.

“We only lost six matches but crucially we could not beat the top two sides Sutton Town or Pinxton, otherwise, we may have improved on our third place spot. We also got to the semi-final of the league cup, only to be beaten with the last kick of the match by Central Midlands League North side AFC Mansfield.

“In the league run-in we managed to only lose one from the final 12 games which put the top two under supreme pressure.

“Just before that run, we signed striker Shaun Smith who banged in 17 goals in 15 matches. Who knows what could of happened if he started the season with us.

“However, it has been a great team effort by all of the players involved and they should all be commended for there efforts for the club.

“On the management side, this season, I have been ably assisted by Belper United stalwart Paul Postlethwaite.

“In the new year, Phill Alcock joined us from Holbrook Sports to become goalkeeping coach, which helped us keep a 40 per cent clean sheet record from that point onwards.”

He added: “Also this year has been a hugely successful year for our reserves side, ran by Darren Mayes and Mark Bailey. They managed to achieve a historic League and Cup Double, so congratulations to everyone involved there.

“Going forward to the 2013/14 season, we have the excitement of groundsharing on Belper Town’s ground. Playing at a venue like that should help us keep and recruit the players needed to help us get promoted into the Step Six East Midlands Counties League, which is our major objective at moment.

“And as an added bonus this year we have entered the FA Vase for the first time in our history which will be very exciting times indeed for the club.”