Nailers earn eighth win in a row

Belper Town recorded an eighth successive victory, away to Sheffield FC on Easter Monday, scoring three more goals en route to glory, writes Joe Malone.

With only a single league game remaining this current season until the play-offs, the Nailers were very much in pre-play-off preparation mode against Sheffield, with manager Peter Duffield picking a strong starting 11 to ensure the momentum stays with the Nailers.

A more familiar looking starting 11 was on show for the Easter Bank Holiday Monday showdown, with Scot Low, Dan White, James Cullingworth, Steve Warne and Gareth Davies returning to the side.

The first half was played at a rather slow tempo, with neither side troubling either goalkeeper. However, the game was by no means short of passion.

The most notable moment from the first 45 minutes was a blistering first time strike by Aaron Cole which was hit speculatively from range, crashing on the cross bar and leaving the posts shaking throughout the half time interval.

The second half saw the major action in the game, with four goals on show.

Jon Froggatt opened the scoring with his 36th goal of the season after three minutes of the second half. James Cullingworth delivered a cross from the left hand side which was struck onto the post by Kieran Wells and followed up by Froggatt to stab in from close range on the half volley.

The Nailers then got into their impressive stride and began testing the defenders from all angles.

Substitute Mark Ward came off the beach to score for a second game running for the Nailers after 71 minutes. A Colin Marrison cross from the left was brought down by Ward at the near post and fired in to the back of the net beyond the reach of Rob Poulter.

Sheffield put up a fight for a short period after a poor backpass from Phil Watt was cut out by Vill Powell who struck an audacious acrobatic volley into the top corner on the 78th minute.

However, any fears were put to bed near the end when the industrious Kieran Wells poked in a half volley from close range to ensure another three points were added to the tally.