WATCH: Jimmy Albans believes Belper Town have got what it takes to compete at right end of Evo-Stik table

Belper Town boss Jimmy Albans believes his rock-bottom side are good enough to be competiing at the top end of Evo-Stik Premier.

Nabil Shariff’s fourth goal for the club in four games was cancelled out by a late strike from Shaun Holden as Belper could only share the spoils against Skelmersdale United

Nabil Shariff celebrates his fourth goal for the club. Pic by Tim Harrison

Nabil Shariff celebrates his fourth goal for the club. Pic by Tim Harrison

But Albans believes the fact that three of his side’s last four draws have come against teams in the top six shows his team have what it takes.

“I see today’s result as a positive one.” he said.

“We’ve dominated the game for long periods, their goalkeeper has made three or four fantastic saves, and we should have won the game of football but at the end of the day we haven’t.

“Even after conceding the late goal we’ve rallied and created more chances.

“Lister has had a chance cleared off the line, Grimes has had a good chance to score and we’ve shown a lot of resilience.

“We knew it would be a tough task but the board and the football club are 100 per cent behind where we want to be and if the inevitable does happen then we want to be in a position where the team remains the same and we can build for next season.”

Albans vented his frustration at the referee for not awarding a penalty kick after initially pointing to the spot when Stevenson was fouled by the United goalkeeper.

“It was the wrong decision,” added.

“Everyone will say that we make our own luck to win games, but its big decisions like this that the referee has to get right and today he has got it wrong and we’ve been denied a certain penalty kick.

“Not only has he only awarded a free-kick, but he has also only booked the goalkeeper, which is criminal.”

Albans was full of praise for his players and believes the addition of Wilson can be vital for his side.

“Laurie is a great player.

“He holds the midfield well and his range of passing is very good and he’ll put a foot in for us which is something we’ve been lacking.

“We’ve got some very good passers of the ball, but Laurie will give us that edge in the tackle as well.

“I thought today however Kern Miller was head and shoulders above the rest, and easily the best player on the pitch.”

The Nailers next game comes with another home affair against Ramsbottom United at the Marston’s Stadium this Saturday.