It’s been some week for Belper Tow, who gained maximum points from their two Bank Holiday league fixtures, and last Saturday eased through the preliminary round of the FA Cup against Retford.
The Nailers followed up their 6-2 defeat of Brigg Town at the Hawthorns with an equally impressive rout of Mickleover Sports at Christchurch Meadow on Bank Holiday Monday.
Sports arrived having won two of their three opening fixtures, with high hopes that they could inflict a first home defeat on the Nailers, but were swept away by a four-goal salvo in the first half that virtually sealed the points by half time.
Peter Duffield’s former club Retford United provided intriguing opposition in the FA Cup last Saturday and their first half performance supported their status as the leading club in the Northern Counties East Premier Division.
Duffield’s half-time team talk did the trick and there was only one team in it after the break as the Nailers rattled in five goals without reply to go through to the next round in style.
Belper may find the First Qualifying Round task a little more exacting though as they travel to the New Manor Ground to face Kevin Wilson’s Ilkeston FC, although there will be no shortage of confidence when Peter Duffield’s men make the journey on September 14.
Manager Peter Duffield was highly delighted with his team’s performances since their shock defeat at Coalville a couple of weeks ago.
“I certainly didn’t expect us to lose at Coalville in that manner but I have been very pleased with the way we responded and it’s been a fantastic week for us.
“We‘ve looked excellent in certain stages of the games and it was first evident against Brigg when we finished the game very strongly and deserved the margin of victory.
“It was different against Mickleover because we did all the hard work in the first half and then tired a little after the break, but I think that was to be expected and Sports had had more time to recover as they played their game on Friday evening.”
“We’d dedicated the victory to Pete Hunt, who was a steward at Belper and sadly passed away a few days earlier, and I’m sure he would have appreciated the manner of our victory.”