Great start to season for Duffield

Simon Harrison of Belper Town'''Photo by Tim Harrison
Simon Harrison of Belper Town'''Photo by Tim Harrison

A convincing 4-1 victory for the Nailers on Saturday keeps their impressive league form over the past month intact, helping them record three more points and keep in the upper reaches of the Evo-Stik League Division One South table.

A three-goal margin sunk Romulus at Christchurch Meadow and Belper Town manager Peter Duffield came away smiling.

“The performance was excellent, I thought the players were superb.

“It’s certainly the most pleasing performance so far this season and the players have done the club proud.”

He continued: “We said to the players before the game ‘let’s go away after the game smiling’, and that’s exactly how things turned out, and everybody was very pleased.

“I thought we were brave, we used the width well and ran at players, beating them.

“We created a lot of chances and scoring four was brilliant for us.

“It was brilliant for Richard Adams, who came back from injury, looked very good and assured and of course got two goals.

“But if you were to pick a man of the match from the game, you’d find it difficult as the whole team was brilliant.”

The club’s injury situation is in its most favourable state of the season so far, with players such as Richard Adams coming through the game unscathed, and others closing in on a return.

Peter Duffield explained: “Chris Adam came on yesterday so hopefully he can put his injury behind him, Aaron Pride has been to see a specialist so hopefully we can begin to move forward with that.

“The only disappointment is Shaun Roulston who is now nursing a broken finger so he’ll be out for a wee while.”

The Nailers were due to face Coalville Town last night (Tuesday), after the News had gone to press, in their next fixture at Christchurch Meadow.

Peter Duffield has admitted that he is surprised by the nature of this season’s fixture list.

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He explained: “I don’t understand how you can play a team home and away before November.

“There are also two more teams we’ll have played home and away within the next few weeks.

“I don’t understand how the fixtures are formulated and why they’re not adjusted. I find it astounding.”

After the Coalville game, the Nailers are next in action on Saturday, November 2, when they play at Carlton Town. Then, on Saturday, November 9, there’s another trip to Nottinghamshire to take on Eastwood Town.y