Nailers are out of the FA Cup after a home defeat

Glyn Cotton scores for Belper against Daventry
Glyn Cotton scores for Belper against Daventry
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The magic of the FA Cup came to an end at the Second Qualifying Round stage for Belper Town on Saturday.

Daventry Town were the visitors to Christchurch Meadow and defeated the Nailers 3-1.

It was Belper who started the livelier of the two teams as they aimed to signal their intentions early on. Glyn Cotton’s snap shot from 20 yards bent just wide of the right hand post after six minutes.

Sam Duncum then saw his headed effort cleared off the line after 21 minutes, through fine work by Shaun Tuton on the right, whose cross was met by Duncum, but to no avail.

Five minutes later, Duncum then hit the post when another neat move down the right hand side brought Lee Thompson to the line, and his cut back was volleyed by Duncum from eight yards out against the post and the danger was cleared.

After a spell of Nailers’ pressure failed to produce a goal, Daventry sought the initiative and left Belper shell-shocked before half-time.

The first incident came on 42nd minute when Daventry had a goal disallowed for a push on keeper Scott Low.

But within 30 seconds, Robinson found the back of the net for the visitors to take the lead.

Mykel Beckley made a charge down the left flank and cut inside onto his favourite right foot to deliver a cross to the back post for Ashely Robinson to head home.

There were no signs of Daventry resting on their laurels before half-time, as they doubled their lead in the 45th minute.

This time, it was the ever dangerous Ross Oulton who played a corner in from the left which was headed out, and met by Neil King 25 yards from goal, who smashed in the half volley.

The onus was then on Belper to come out in the second half and pile the pressure on Daventry Town.

They came halfway to doing so on the 63rd minute when Glyn Cotton produced a stylish goal on his left foot from outside the area, which curled into the top corner.

There were more woodwork woes for Belper five minutes later, when Sam Duncum’s free kick was headed onto the bar by Shaun Roulston.

The tempo of the game seemed to fade away in the final half hour as both teams appeared to tire.

Scot Low gave an impressive display and ensured Belper would stay in the game after a series of saves in the final ten minutes.

But the Nailers were put out of their misery on the 90th minute when Ross Oulton found a way though into the area, and drilled a low shot into the far left corner to send Belper out of the FA Cup.