Belper Town cruise past Borrowash Victoria

Belper Town manager Jimmy Albans will have been happy with the win.
Belper Town manager Jimmy Albans will have been happy with the win.

Belper Town eased past Borrowash Victoria scoring four in the process in their latest pre-season friendly at The Anderson Electrical Arena.

Goals from Evan Garnett, Scott James, Jonathan Williams and Grant Ryan ensured The Nailers had a comfortable afternoon.

Belper were 2-0 up after 15 minutes and in truth were in cruise control for the remainder of the match, although The Vics pulled one back halfway through the first half they never threatened Belper for long periods.

Garnett opened the scoring with a confidently struck volley from the edge of the box after Connor Johnson had flicked the ball over the Borrowash defence, Garnett then turned provider as he played the ball through to Scott James who slipped it under the ‘keeper.

A well taken goal from Williams after a neat one-two with Ryan just after half-time, and a header from Ryan himself following a Scott Matthews corner secured the win in the second half for The Nailers.

Belper managers Jim Albans and Wayne Halcro trialed a new ‘diamond’ formation with Scott James at the top, Laurie Wilson at the bottom, Johnson moving up the left flank to the left side of midfield and Williams on the right.

Speaking after the game Halcro said: “It is always important to be able to play a couple of systems and formations because you never know what is going to happen in a football match, players can get sent off, you can concede early goals, you can take leads, there is lots of different scenarios you need to be able to adapt too so we need to try these different formations in game situations”

The difference in class was evident towards the end of the game as Borrowash tired and Belper coasted to the final whistle, with manager Jim Albans making several substitutions again giving plenty of game-time to some of the Under 21 players.

Albans also introduced two new trialists experienced defenders Jason Bradley and Lee Cooksey who did not do themselves any harm in earning a place in Albans squad for the coming season.

Halcro added;“They were very good additions to the squad, finances will dictate if we can sign them or not but from a footballing perspective we were very impressed with them, especially Jason who played very well at right-back for ninety minutes”.

Belper will no doubt face a sterner test on Wednesday as they welcome Sky Bet League 1 outfit Chesterfield, as Albans men look to further their preparations for the start of the season on 15th July.

But Halcro insists no matter who the opposition is, the focus will be on Belper Town playing their own game.

He said: “We are unsure of what side they are going bring, but we will continue to tell the lads it is not about what the opposition do it is what we do, we have got to make sure everyone is singing off the same sheet and focus on our own jobs first then we can worry about the opposition.”

Team; Mark Rathbone (GK); Jason Bradley, Scott Matthews, Paul Lister (62’ Watt), Lee Cooksey (62’ Purcicoe); Connor Johnson (70’ Mitchell), Laurie Wilson, Jonathan Williams (68’ Kabanje), Scott James (68’ Bubacarr Sanyang); Evan Garnett, Grant Ryan.

Substitutes; Phil Watt, Sam Purcicoe, Kaylen Mitchell, Yoyi Kabanje, Lamin Bubacarr Sanyang,