It’s hard to think of a more important seven days than last week as Belper Town confirmed their credentials as play-off contenders with two tremendous victories over their near rivals.
The midweek trip to Halesowen Town was in every way a six-pointer as the West Midlands side were poised to knock the Nailers out of the play-off zone, but 3-1 win for Belper put some distance between the two sides.
Then the arrival of Stamford posed the Nailers’ next challenge and the Daniels went back to Lincolnshire with their tails between their legs after succumbing to a 4-0 defeat at Christchurch Meadow.
Belper Town manager Peter Duffield was full of praise for his team’s performance last Saturday.
He said: “It was a magnificent team effort and I was really proud of my players and all the credit goes to them.”
“We expected it to be a difficult game,” he said.
“They’ve had a very good season so far, but we are a much stronger team than when we went to their place in November and I’m certain we have a better squad than we did a year ago.”
Duffield was less enthusiastic about his team’s performance at Halesowen, although he accepted that the first half display was much better than the second.
“We did well in the first 45 but I wasn’t happy about the amount of efforts they had on goal in the second, and we spoke about it after the game. I’m glad to say that we were much better against Stamford,” he said.
“But we have to be happy with the three points because they were on our heels and the three points put distance between the two clubs.”
Belper Town next face Loughborough Dynamo at Christchurch Meadow on Saturday and then they will have midweek that is free of any fixtures.
Meanwhile Belper Town’s reserve side had an excellent 4-2 away success at Calverton Miners Welfare last Saturday afternoon.
But now they have to wait for three weeks until their next game, which is due to be played away to Teversal.