Hopes are high for Gresley game

The Nailers should have made the short trip to Nottinghamshire rivals Carlton Town last Saturday looking for a fifth successive win – but the snow and freezing temperatures meant the game was called off on Friday.

“With the form we’re in, we would obviously preferred it to have been be on but we’ve just got to get on with it, it’s winter and these things happen every year,” said Belper manager Peter Duffield.

Four straight victories, in which they have scored 15 goals, have propelled the Nailers up to fourth in the Evo-Stik League First Division South table.

“The lads are working extremely hard at the moment and that is what it comes down to,” said Duffield.

“If you’ve got some ability and combine that with hard work, you can get good rewards.

“At the moment, our effort and tempo is tremendous – it’s getting similar to how we were in the second half of last season.”

The whole Evo-Stik Northern Premier programme was wiped out at the weekend because of the snow and the Nailers were unable to train at Derby County’s Moor Farm facilities last Thursday evening as well.

“Because of the snow that fell late in the day we thought it best not to travel down to Derby as the majority of our players are based in the South Yorkshire area,” explained Duffield.

“It has been very strange to have been completely inactive.

“Again, we are indebted to Derby for the use of their facilities and, if necessary, we will be able to train there on both Tuesday and Thursday next week.

“While we are keen to get back to playing again we will make the most of the enforced beak because the last three months of the season will be busy for us.” 

Midfielder Colin Marrison’s three-match ban should have started this weekend but has now been delayed thanks to the Carlton fixture being called off.

At least striker Daryll Thomas more time to recover from a groin injury, which kept him out of the 5-0 win over Market Drayton Town.