Useful point on the road for United at Bilborough Pelican

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Belper United came back with a point from a tricky away fixture on Saturday at Bilborough Pelican.

The game started in blustery conditions on an excellent playing surface, considering the week’s rain.

With Bilborough Pelican playing with the wind at there backs they dominated possession for the the first 20 minutes without troubling the Belper United goal.

An in-swinging United free-kick from the left avoided everyone and nestled into the corner of the net. However the referee disallowed the goal due to an off-the-ball incident on the edge of box. Ten minutes later though, United had a deserved lead.

An Adam Taylor free-kick found Jordan McRobie six yards out and he had the easiest task of slotting home.

Bilborough Pelican pushed for a equaliser and just before half-time a sweeping move was neatly finished off.

After 60 minutes, Pelican took the lead. A hopeful ball looked to be running harmlessly through to the United keeper when Joe Sparham made a needless challenge on Cory Bowler and the referee pointed to the spot. The penalty was slotted home.

Belper United equalised with a touch of brilliance. Sam Vickers jinked in from the right and went past two players before smashing a shot into the top corner from 20 yards.

That was the last we saw of United as an attacking force and Bilborough went for the win but Adam Jablonski pulled off a couple of excellent saves to keep the scores level and help earn United a Central Midlands League point.