Below par United rue costly mistakes

Central Midlands League

Premier Division South

Pinxton FC 3

Belper United 0

Belper went into the game against Pinxton full of optimism following two away wins, although this was always going to be a tough encounter with Pinxton one place below Belper and in a rich vein of form.

The game got under way at a frenetic pace and the early stages were evenly contested neither side able to gain control of the game.

Pinxton were the first to threaten but Cook failed to trouble Jablonski in the Belper goal.

Shortly after Smith broke free down the left for Belper but his cross failed to find McRobie.

Both sides were posing attacking threats without really creating clear opportunties and Cook’s movement caused the Belper defence problems but it seemed the half would end goalless as it entered the last five minutes.

Unfortunately for Belper, they were dispossessed on the edge of the Pinxton area and the resulting long ball found Pinxton’s Cook who ran away from his marker, Jablonski rushed from his goal needlessly leaving himself in no mans land and Cook was left the easiest of lobs to open the scoring.

From the restart Belper immediately broke down the right and Baxter beat his man and cut in on goal but his effort was saved by home keeper O’Hare.

In the dying moments of the half Jones again broke away from his marker and was brought down on the edge of the area by Postlethwaite, the sizeable home crowd chanted for his dismissal but fortunately the referee chose to administer a yellow card on this occasion probably due to the presence of Baxter tracking back.

The second half again started evenly but eventually the Pinxton strike duo Cook and Cooper began to gain the upper hand over the Belper defence, Cook’s speed and movement allowed him space to gather the ball and run at the defence and Cooper won the aerial battle with Bacon.

On the hour mark Pinxton increased their lead. Marriott played the Ball into Cook who turned his marker Sterland too easily and made ground into the Belper 18 yard area.

His cross-shot was only parried by Jablonski and the Belper defence stood statuesque as Jones pounced to score for Pinxton.

United looked deflated and Pinxton with their tails up controlled.

Cook was now rampant and fully deserving of his man of the match award.

After 75 minutes he again ran clear of the defence and hit a blistering shot into the top corner leaving Jablonski helpless, although he did look offside the quality of the strike was excellent.

United rallied towards the end and could have gained some consolation but first O’Hare saved McRobie’s shot low to his left and then McRobie blazed the ball over when he should have scored.

This was an under par performance from United and saw Pinxton leapfrog above them in the league on goal difference.

This Saturday sees United return to Alton Manor after five weeks on the road away from home.

Hucknall AFC are the visitors and the kick off is 2pm.