Peter Duffield’s team completed a very satisfying pre-season programme with a 2-0 success over Stocksbridge Park Steels at Christchurch Meadow last Saturday, and the Belper manager can’t wait for the season to start.
“I’m very pleased with the way things have gone and last Saturday’s win against Steels rounded things off nicely,” he said.
“We’ve had some good results, together with pleasing performances, but now we have to concentrate on the Coalville game and make sure we carry our attitude and discipline forward and get a good result.”
“We have a great spirit in the side and the attitude of all the lads is first class, and some will obviously disappointed when I name the starting 11 next Saturday afternoon, and that is to be expected because they’ve all performed well when called upon.”
The Nailers were flying high after their midweek win over a Derby County XI and Duffield was quick to play down accusations that his players were a little over-zealous at times.
“If you stand off full-time professionals and let them play they will run rings around you and I thought we were magnificent in closing them down and restricting the flow of the ball, particularly in midfield.
“We defended really well and made it difficult for Derby to create chances, and they knew they were in a game by the way we pressed forward right from the start.”
“It was a great game to watch and those Derby players who did get challenged got up and kept going, and it was a valuable test for every player out there.”
Jordan Turner grabbed the only goal with a fine finish from just inside the penalty area. The Nailers introduced a potential new loan signing when Doncaster Rovers striker Jordan Ball was given a run out against Stocksbridge Park Steels.
“I was impressed with Jordan and he scored a well-taken goal, but we won’t know if we can sign him until later in the week,” he said.
“He has the desire to do well here which isn’t always present in fringe players from professional clubs, and he showed that he can compete at our level so we will see what happens.”
Duffield was happier with the first half against Steels but less so after the break.
“We dominated most of the first 45 minutes and we looked like a team that are fit and raring to go, but for some reason we got a bit scrappy in the second half and lost some focus, but nevertheless to get a sixth consecutive victory in our friendly games proves that we must have got something right.”
The season proper starts on Saturday as Coalville Town visit Christchurch Meadow (3pm) and next Tuesday evening Belper travel to Brigg Town.