Barrow hails Belper Town squad as they seal festive three-point haul

Alex Steadman celebrates scoring for Belper Town.
Alex Steadman celebrates scoring for Belper Town.

Belper Town assistant manager Lee Barrow says the Holiday Monday victory over Sheffield was the best response possible.

The Nailers lost 2-0 to Shaw Lane Aquaforce just two days prior and Barrow believes the Sheffield success shows the players have the correct attitude.

“The boys’ attitude was first class against Sheffield,” said Barrow.

“Yes we lost against Shaw Lane on Monday but we bounced back and put in a real good performance against a good Sheffield FC side.

“The game could have easily gone the other way and the lads could have not turned up, but we have bounced back properly.”

Alex Steadman added another two goals to his tally for the season against Sheffield.

“He comes in and out of games all the time,” said Barrow.

“He is one of those players whether or not he is having a bad game or a good game, he could pop with two goals like he did against Sheffield or even a hat-trick like against Matlock a few weeks back.”

Barrow highlighted Belper’s defence as they won away in Dronfield - a victory which sees the Nailers occupy 16th spot in Evo-Stik First Division South.

He added: “We were solid at the back against Sheffield.

“We brought Gerome in for Ross Parker because we thought their (Sheffield’s) movement might cause Ross some problems.

“At the end of the day we brought Ross on and he dominated their centre-forward.

“It would have been nice to keep a clean sheet but we did not do that.

“Danny was unlucky there at the end but he did make a brilliant save just after to keep it at 3-1.”

With regards to the defeat to Shaw Lane, Barrow says the players yielded no return for their dominant performance.

He said: “We have dominated the game.

“They had two shots and scored two goals.

“We knew they had not played for four weeks and went out and dominated the game but we were unlucky.”

Belper kick off 2016 with a home fixture against Tividale on Saturday, January 2.