Garnett’s strike not enough as Belper take lead but lose

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A frustrating afternoon for Belper Town saw them surrender a lead and three NPL Division One South points to Loughborough Dynamos in a 2-1 defeat.

Boss Aaran Webster made three changes from the defeat the previous week at Peterborough — Dominic Allen returned to the midfield and Cameron Steele made his first start alongside Jake Carlisle’s full Belper debut in defence.

Carlisle’s big stature made a big difference as he replaced the injured John Guy.

Chances were few and far between in the first period.

Striker Sam Birks rushed through on goal but shot straight at James Martin, the rebound falling kindly into the keeper’s arms.

Daniel Gordon tried his luck for the visitors with a low drive from range that narrowly missed the bottom corner.

Sam Thorpe was then threaded through, only for Jack Livesey to deny him with his feet.

A minute into the restart Jordan Spearman almost converted a spectacular own goal as his backward header needed to be stopped by Martin.

Thorpe was foiled again by Livesey, who rushed out to smother the striker who had run in behind the back line.

Belper’s energy and effort paid dividends as they took the lead in the 55th minute.

Dylan Garnett latched on to Birks’ deflected through ball, brought the ball down smartly and finished.

Their celebrations were short lived, however, as Paolo Piliero received the ball 25 yards from goal and smashed an equaliser past Livesey 13 minutes later.

Belper’s Jack Hallahan hit the top of the net as the home fans hoped the Nailers had regained the lead.

And Loughborough claimed all three points as substitute Tolani Omotola took a pass in his stride, held of his opposite defender and slotted in the winner.

Belper struggled to create throughout, but a draw would have been a fair result as they remained 11th and Loughborough 12th.