United turn in excellent display to get the better of Hucknall

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Belper United got back to winning ways on Saturday in the CML Division South with a 3-1 victory at home to Hucknall Town.

Former Edinburgh Spartans FC player Scott Clapperton had been signed on dual forms with Belper Town and started in the centre of midfield, while Scott Slater and Craig Riley returned in defence.

United started well, playing at a lively tempo and getting plenty of ball to the wide men. The first goal of the game came on 16 minutes. Hucknall Town’s John Whetton miscued a free-kick on the the edge of Belper United area and the ball broke to Sam Vickers whose first time pass found Luke Crosby bearing down on goal, and, with the keeper coming racing out, his exquisite chip found the empty net.

On 35 minutes, Belper made it 2-0 when Clapperton was upended in the box and Vickers scored the penalty.

Into the second half, a great bit of skill on the right from Sam Vickers saw a low cross drilled into the six-yard box. Jordan McRobie slid in but unfortunately failed to make contact with the ball and caught the goalkeeper with a high challenge. A yellow and then a red card followed.

Hucknall then went down the other end and scored penalty and in the melee that ensued trying to get the ball out the back of the net, a Hucknall player was shown a red card for violent conduct.

Hucknall were down to nine men on 80 minutes for a last man challenge and Ben Summers finally wrapped the game up on 90 minutes with the goal his play fully deserved.