Belper RFC welcomed Southwell to the Strutts on Saturday but lost the encounter 37-14.
Belper were again changed from the previous week with Merv Holmes, Charlie Watson, Simon Jones, Andy York and Jack Hibbard all returning to the starting line up. After a heavy defeat to the hosts only two weeks ago, Belper knew they had to step up, and they did so in a much improved performance.
Southwell got out the blocks the better side and Belper found themselves 20 points down in the first 20 minutes. The away back row were performing well but it was missed tackles from the home side which proved the difference. Belper then settled into a much better game. Simon Carter was excellent in the loose and organised the defence well, as did Jack Smith at inside centre.
Belper then had the next 20 minutes and Jack Hibbard stepped inside his man to score. Simon jones converted. Then came a bit of individual magic from James Naylor, stepping inside his man before outsprinting the defence to go score. Jones converted.
The second half was much tighter but poor tackling led to the visitors increasing their lead. In all, it was a much-improved game from this young and inexperienced side. Players like Tom Hallam, Tom Stones, Tom Cross and Paul Heathcote showed they are more than comfortable at this level. Belper travel to Tupton in a friendly next weekend.