Mark Ward of Belper Town''Photo by Tim Harrison
Mark Ward of Belper Town''Photo by Tim Harrison

An impressive Belper Town responded to criticism from last week by taking Goole AFC apart at Christchurch Meadow on Saturday afternoon in a 5-1 victory.

A resounding win produced moments to savour for the home supporters.

There were five different goal scorers for Belper, with Simon Harrison, Jon Froggatt, Phil Watt, Mark Ward and Kieran Wells all getting in on the action.

Manager Peter Duffield revealed his relief after his side’s much-improved performance from the previous week.

“I’ll use last week’s performance as a whipping stick to ensure it doesn’t happen again, but the most important thing was the three points and the fact that we restored a lot of pride back, which we needed to do.

“It was a much needed win but a very good performance at the same time.

“It wasn’t the silkiest of games but it’s that time of the year where a lot of pitches can’t have games played on them, so it shows how good this pitch is and this club is, as we generally don’t suffer with postponements.”

Duffield was keen to praise his new singing Aaron Cole, who made his debut coming off the bench to impress the home fans, and gave this thanks to Worksop Town for making the transfer happen. “We’re very excited to have Aaron. We know what he is about and now it’s up to him to show it.

“I’d like to place my thanks to Mark Shaw and Worksop Town for helping this transfer to happen, it has been a massive credit to them.”

Influential striker Mark Ward was pleased with the way his team remained disciplined throughout the 90 minutes.

“We were working on methods in training last week to make sure we don’t get caught on the break when we go forward and attack, and it worked today as we stuck to our game plan and played some really good football.”

Ward was keen to note that patience is the key to the side winning games. “We know we have the quality in the team to score goals, so when they don’t come so frequently we tend to get frustrated and force the ball too much. But we showed today that when we score goals nice and early we settle into a rhythm and play some really good football.”

Midfielder Colin Marrison played a role on the left hand side in his team’s victory, and he insists he is happy to play wherever the team needs him.

“I do a good job for the team when I play on the left, it allows Simon Harrison room to push right out to the wing and we tighten up more centrally. I obviously prefer to play in the centre, but wherever the manager wants to play me, I’ll happily do a job there.”

With new signing Aaron Cole impressing on his debut, Marrison was intent on pointing out the players need to be on top of their games if they want to play from the start.

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“I thought Aaron looked excellent when he came on, he looked powerful and fast on the right and this obviously will keep the other lads onheir toes now as there is competition in the side.”

The Nailers next fixture comes on Saturday in the Evo-Stik Division One South, away at Loughborough Dynamo, 3 o’clock kick off.