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The was plenty of cut and thrust in the opening exchanges and Damien Magee went into the referee’s notebook for a late tackle on Thomas, and indirectly from the free kick Adam Colton was a whisker away with a half volley from outside the penalty area.
It had developed into a very open game and a few fouls were creeping as the intensity increased.
Rushbury received a rare yellow card in the 60th minute and with both teams pushing hard the Nailers had a miraculous let off in the 67th minute when Andy Richmond let a Tyrell Waite cross go underneath him, but Damien Magee got back in time to clear the ball off the line.
The game turned dramatically in the 70th minute after Lee Morris sent Deon Meikle away with just the ‘keeper to beat and as he attempted to side-step him, Butcher tripped him leaving the referee no choice but to award a penalty.
Froggatt stepped up to drive the ball under the ‘keeper who had dived the right way and was very close to saving it.
There was still plenty of hard graft for the Nailers to get through even though they now had the cushion of an extra goal, and there was another nervous moment in the 89th minute when Ilkeston seemingly walked through the Belper defence but Josh Wisdom blasted a great chance over the bar from 12 yards.
Jamie Smith might have done better when he ghosted through the Ilkeston defence moments later but delayed before shooting, then put his second effort well wide.
Belper Town: Richmond, Pride, Magee, Camm, Plant, Hannigan, Simmons (Wiggins-Thomas 45), Meikle, Froggatt, Morris (Ortuno 79), Rushbury (Smith 70). Unused subs: Spargo, Adams.
Ilkeston FC: Butcher, Wilcox, Cullingworth, Colton (Wisdom 77), Hill, Partridge, Waite (Colclough 77), Caskey, Ricketts, Thomas, Green. Unused subs: Burton, Swift.
Referee: Geoff Law (Leicester)
Match sponsor: Rogers Leask (Consulting Civil and Structural Engineers)
Man of the match: Matt Plant