Carlton trip is next up for Belper

Belper Town put on a five-star show for their supporters on Saturday when they went nap against Market Drayton Town.

Manager Peter Duffield admitted he was surprised to have won as easily as the score suggests although he claimed it was still a difficult game.

“I predicted a close game so I was pleasantly surprised at the outcome and we could actually have scored more than we did,” he said.

“I was impressed by the way they kept going right until the end even though they had effectively lost the game by half time, but it shows how we have progressed in the last few weeks that we scored five goals without reply and won so comprehensively.”

Two goals in a minute helped to set the pattern of the game and Duffield was impressed.

“Addo (Richard Adams) scored a striker’s goal to get us off the mark and Simon Harrison’s effort immediately afterwards was the sort of strike we have come to expect from him.

“Even Glyn Cotton’s goal that came about because of a error between the ‘keeper and a defender was fully deserved as he ran from the edge of our penalty area and never gave up on the cause.”

Karl Colley’s unavailability and Darryl Thomas’s groin strain meant the team virtually picked itself according to Duffield, and the balance o looked to be just right.

“We’ve got a strong squad now so I know whoever I select will do a job for us and we are able to handle pressure much better than we did earlier in the season,” said Duffield. “Players know that if they don’t perform they can be replaced by squad members who are equally good and that’s a good position for the club to be in.”

The Nailers had moved into fourth, just above King’s Lynn but Duffield knows there’s a long way to go.

“There will be many changes in league placings before the end of the season and we have three important games, starting with Carlton on Saturday and Coalville on Tuesday. We then face Gresley and although these games won’t decide anything it’s an important week for us.”