It has been a mixed week for Belper Town as a victory in the league was followed a defeat in the FA Trophy.
A two-goal win over Scarborough Athletic last Wednesday night saw the Nailers claim another three points to keep up their hopes of promotion and manager Peter Duffield was pleased with the performance of his players.
“We deserved the win. We created more chances than them and defended well, and we played some decent football at times.”
The Nailers, however, were knocked out of the FA Trophy at the hands of Mickleover Sports in a game the manager had a rather different viewpoint on to the previous game.
“We started well in the first 20 minutes, we created a few chances but failed to score. However, over the 90 minutes, they were the better side and they rightfully went through to the next round.
“Unfortunately, the players looked tired, particularly in the second half, but they never really got a hold of the game and they allowed Mickleover to get first to the ball.
“What frustrates me is that we had a very good crowd turn out, it was a local derby and there is a lot at stake in these cup games, but the team disappointed me. There were times when the players were walking, and if I paid good money to go and see a show and the actors looked disinterested then I wouldn’t be happy and I’d be wanting my money back. That’s what I fear the 200-odd fans would have gone away thinking.
“Shaun Tuton came on and he did very well, not only did he score twice but he worked hard and harassed them. But I’ve got no complaints with the scoreline because we didn’t deserve it, and even though we lost I still think the score line flatters us.”
Duffield is optimistic that the injury list will be a lot smaller come Saturday.
“I didn’t start Tuton or Warne on Saturday as they both had knocks, but we had to bring them on and they played through ok and should be fine for next week.
Richard Adams, Chris Adam and Mark Ward should be back also as they got through the warm ups and training ok, and Scot Low should be there or thereabouts.”
The next fixture is home to Romulus on Saturday (3pm).