Belper Toqwn juniors fightback to stay top of NPL Youth Academy League


Belper Town consolidated their position at the top of the NPL Youth Academy league, coming back from a two-goal deficit to win 4-2 against Sutton Coldfield Town.

Early on, the Nailers found it difficult to master the ball on the artificial surface with passes going astray and ball control being a real problem .

They weren’t helped either by hesitant defending which resulted in Sutton Coldfield opening up a two goal lead.

Josh McKenzie-Spence opened the scoring on 36 minuts after a defensive mix-up.

Worse was to come threeminutes later when a similar tale of woe in the Nailers defensive ranks allowed Hamzah Subedar to increase Sutton’s advantage.

But Belper responded positively and just 60 seconds later Josh Bullock reduced the arrears when he tapped the ball home.

Amazingly, it was all square just before the interval when Joel Cain got the decisive touch to Josh Craddock’s corner .

The second half reflected a much improved performance from the Belper youngsters and the wrestled control of the game and started to create a number of problems for Sutton’s increasingly pressured defence .

Belper’s pressure finally paid off after 80 minutes when skipper, Sam Weston forced the ball over the line and Dan Watson settled the game with five minutes remaining when he took advantage of a defensive howler to roll the ball into an empty net.

Sutton Coldfield Town: Clarke, Ashton, Patrick, Robotham, Adebayo, Heath, Subedar, McKenzie-Spence, Peart, Milligan, Billett. Subs: Hooper, Babajide, Christie.

Belper Town: Repton, Rodgers, Patrick, Craddock, Weston, Higton, Taylor, Cain, Camm, Watson, Bullock. Subs: Hall, Dronfield, Walker, Bradbury, Gandola, Rathband, Mighty.