Belper Town 3-1 Grantham Town - report

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The Nailers won their first game of the month with a 3-1 win over Grantham Town in the League Cup at the Marston’s Stadium on Tuesday night.

Belper took the lead through striker Bruno Holden after just nine minutes.

Phil Watt made a timely interception just inside the Gingerbread’s half and took a neat touch to set himself well.

Watt then curled in a great cross towards the back-post where Holden waited unmarked to steer his header down inside the near-post.

Dan Haystead then made a terrific save after 23 minutes from another Holden header, plunging to his right to keep the ball out.

Grantham got their equaliser after 25 minutes through Danny Meadows.

Alex Simmons curled in a driving free-kick from the right which saw Martin dive to tip the ball away directly, only for Simmons to pounce unmarked to volley home for the visitors.

Connor Johnson came close with a sublime effort just before half-time, as the ball came out to him 25-yards out.

He showed great technique to smash a half-volley towards goal which came crashing off the underside of the crossbar.

The Nailers then scored the all-important second goal on the 71st minute.

Glyn Cotton received the ball deep on the right and dropped his shoulder well to dummy the opposing defender before lashing a neat strike into the far corner, with the keeper unmoved.

The home side then wrapped the game up four minutes later as Stevenson worked the ball in from the right and cut the ball back to Ashley Burbeary, eight yards out, to smash home the final goal of the game.

Belper Town: Martin, Jones, Pride (Stevenson 52), Ross, Watt (Adams 81), Varley, Burbeary, Warne, Holden, Towey (Froggatt 73), Cotton.

Subs: Mark Ward, Dave Ratcliffe.

Attendance: 116.