United take the honours in local derby

Belper United earned a 3-0 against Holbrook St Michaels on Wednesday night in their Central Midlands League local derby.

The first 15 minutes were a scrappy affair with the resolute St Michaels giving no quarter and Idris Kabongo and Micky Dunne keeping the United defence on their toes.

After 20 minutes, United took the lead. Five minutes of sustained pressure gave Belper United a corner on the left. Joe Conkleton swung the ball in and it was headed out only as far as Scott Slater. His neat ball on the edge found Luke Crosby and he easily slotted home.

United totally dominated the rest of the half and doubled their lead after 44 minutes. Great approach work on the left saw the ball fall to Joe Conkleton, who curled his shot into the bottom corner.

St Michaels came out for ten minutes and again gave United something to think about again with Idris Kabongo being their best outlet.

Belper soon took control again and saw a string of great saves and near misses keep the game alive.

After 75 minutes, United scored their third and best goal of the game. Joe Conkleton flicked on a Scott Whittingham clearance to Ash Dhindsa, who fed in Tim Perry. He outstripped the defence and, when one-on-one with the keeper, calmly curled the ball into the back of the net.

Belper United came close again with efforts from Ryan Wheatcroft and Ash Dhindsa having to be well saved.

United also managed to give valuable minutes to Sam Carter, who came on for his first start for the club.

Belper United manager Paul Postlethwaite said: “We finally put in the performance we have been looking for and played some fabulous flowing football.

“The defence were the backbone of the team and were superb in protecting our goal for our second straight clean sheet.

“We now have a tough Bank Holiday weekend at home to champions Clifton AW on Saturday and then a tricky away trip to much improved Hucknall Town on Monday.”