Nailers bounce back with comfortable victory

Jon Froggatt scores for Belper Town''Photo by Tim Harrison
Jon Froggatt scores for Belper Town''Photo by Tim Harrison

Belper Town were comfortable 4-1 winners over Romulus on Saturday and might easily have scored more had visiting ‘keeper Lewis Exall not been in such great form.

The Nailers were looking to bounce back from their FA Trophy defeat and welcomed back defender Richard Adams from injury.

Belper nearly conceded within seconds when Liam Davis lost possession and moments later Tom Turton shot tamely at Dave Ratcliffe when he should have made more of the opportunity.

Jon Froggatt headed a Sam Duncum cross that drifted to Exall in the tenth minute.

Harrison carried the ball 25 yards but disappointed with an under-hit shot that trickled straight to the ‘keeper. However, the Nailers were beginning to string some passes together and looked more dangerous.

Luke Keen had a rare effort on goal for the visitors on 25 minutes but Ratcliffe was equal to the task, then, after Chris Jones failed to clear properly, Tom Turton failed to find the target from 22 yards.

The Nailers went ahead on 31 minutes when Shaun Tuton put the ball in and Jon Froggatt was on hand to score.

Tuton nearly added a second moments later when he ran through but the ‘keeper managed to get a hand to the ball, and in the 38th minute he raced through again, only to put his shot past the far post.

However, the Nailers strengthened their grip in the 40th minute when Richard Adams sent a powerful header into the net from a corner.

Shaun Tuton put a 43rd minute header over from eight yards, but the Nailers let Romulus back in the game when Adams was adjudged to have handled the ball and Marcus Brown made no mistake from the penalty spot.

The Nailers started the second half well and pressurised the visitors’ goal, causing the Roms to struggle at times in getting the ball cleanly away.

Froggatt was thwarted by a diving save from Exall in the 56th minute as the Belper striker struck a fine shot from outside the area, and then Belper were indebted to Dave Ratcliffe on 60 minutes.

After some Romulus pressure that was beginning to cast doubt on Belper’s ability to hang on to the points, Harrison restored their two-goal lead with an accomplished finish on 65 minutes.

Froggatt saw Exall pull off a magnificent save to deny him an almost certain goal from a 70th minute free-kick, and the Roms’ ‘keeper denied Froggatt again, this time from the penalty spot on 73 minutes.

Richard Adams banished any lingering doubts with a firm header from a Harrison corner in the 82nd minute.