Belper Town played out a whirlwind 3-3 draw with close rivals Scarborough Athletic on Saturday afternoon.

It was a blustery occasion at Queensgate, with both side looking to attack with intent.

Belper took a two-goal lead early in the first half with goals from Jon Froggatt and Phil Watt. However the Seadogs levelled shortly after.

Froggatt then gave Belper the advantage on the stroke of half time, before a tense final 45 minutes led to Scarborough equalising from the spot, and the Nailers failing to win the game late on with a missed penalty of their own.

The draw ensures the Nailers retain fourth spot, with automatic promotion very much in their sights.

Manager Peter Duffield was pleased with his side’s performance, and insisted a point taken from the game can prove invaluable come the season’s close.

“I think a draw was a fair result, all-round it was an equal affair.

“It was obviously frustrating losing a two-goal lead, then missing a late penalty and hitting the bar twice in stoppage time, but if you’d have offered me the point before the game I’d have taken it.

“The wind obviously affected the flow of play for both sides, and therefore it wasn’t the silkiest performance from either team, but it was still a very entertaining affair for anyone watching.

“I thought we were excellent for the majority. “Obviously there are a few things we need to rectify from the performance, but on the whole we were very dangerous.

“I can’t fault the players’ attitude or commitment, because they gave it their all.”

He noted: “It’s a shame for Jon to miss the penalty near the end, but there is no blame attached to him whatsoever because he scored two goals before and got us the result.

“He has been magnificent this season and he works extremely hard.

“I don’t think it was a penalty for them, I think the player has looked for it and the referee has given it, but it was soft.”

The Nailers were due to host Loughborough last night (Tuesday) after the News went to press.

Then, on Saturday, the Nailers travel for a league game against Romulus.

Peter Duffield concluded: “Ultimately, we’re on a good run at the moment, and we hope to continue that over the coming games. We all look forward to it.”