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Mark Ward, Belper Town''Photo by Tim Harrison
Mark Ward, Belper Town''Photo by Tim Harrison
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Belper Town came out on top in a thrilling-seven goal game away to Sutton Coldfield Town on Saturday, which came three days after an impressive draw at local rivals Mickleover Town.

Currently sitting third in the table, their league position will please the supporters, and manager Peter Duffield has not been surprised by his team’s recent form.

“It was a really good game (against Sutton Coldfield Town), it was a great advert for this league. Two teams who were very competitive and wanted to win, and some of the football was great to watch.”

He continued: “It was great to come out on top, obviously. I feared the worst when we went 3-2 down after doing so well, but the way the lads came back was great to see.”

The Nailers have produced a flurry of late goals in recent games to earn results, and the manager has put that down to a ‘big’ team spirit.

“The atmosphere here is brilliant at the moment, even coming in on the coach and going back, the lads are all in good spirits and they can’t wait to play and can’t wait for the next games to come around. We’ve got a real confidence in the team that when we go a goal or two down, we can come back into it and get a result.”

The crowd played their part in a fine spectacle, with plenty of hearty songs to keep their team’s tempo high, and Duffield was delighted with their support once again.

“The crowd were magnificent, and what was nice is that the players went over at the end of the game to clap them and say thanks, so there is a good connection there. The fans deserve a real pat on the back for their support.”

The Nailers’ next game comes at home to Chasetown on Saturday, a game which Duffield is more than aware will be a tricky affair.

“We’ve got a few tough games coming up now. Chasetown will want to win the game and will go all guns blazing, so we need to be on top of our game.“

He concluded: “We will always aim to set our standards high, we won’t win every single game, but what we will always make sure we do is play at our highest level and hopefully make the supporters proud this year. It’s an exciting time to be a part of this football club.”