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Jordan Ball’s loan period with Belper Town has been extended by a further two months while Jon Froggatt’s appearance on the bench last Saturday in the FA Cup game at Ilkeston FC provided another piece of good news for Nailers’ fans this week.

Froggatt’s name was on the team sheet for the first time this season, although it was never likely that he would play a part in the game.

Manager Peter Duffield explained: “We only had six players for the bench so I thought it would give Froggy a boost to be named as a substitute and to get him used to being involved on a match day again.

“He’s not too far away from playing but there’s no sense in rushing things because when he comes back we want him to be fully fit and completely free from injury.”

Jordan Ball’s loan period being extended for a further two months was welcome news to the Nailers, especially while Froggatt continues his battle for fitness.

Ball’s goals have proved very valuable since his arrival from Doncaster Rovers in late August and the arrangement has shown clear benefits for both player and club.

September has seen a feast of cup football for the Nailers and the month ends on Saturday with yet another vital tie, this time in the FA Trophy against Leamington FC.

They will arrive at the ‘Meadow’ unbeaten in the league and sitting on the top of the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division.

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and are likely to provide a sterner test than even Matlock Town and Ilkeston.

However they lost their 20 game unbeaten record in all competitions last Saturday when Corby Town knocked them out of the FA Cup.

Belper’s reserve side had a resounding 4-0 success over Heanor Town Reserves at Christchurch Meadow last Saturday and are next in action this coming Saturday when they travel to Dinnington Town Reserves.