Nailers keen to resume playing

Belper Town had a second consecutive Saturday of inactivity as the bad weather ruled any hope of their home game against Loughborough Dynamo taking place.

And without a midweek game too, 14 days without a game wasn’t to the liking of manager Peter Duffield either.

“The odd postponement can help to give players a deserved rest and clear up injuries particularly at this time of the season,” he said.

“But all we want to do is get out there and play especially as we have run into some better form after winning three of our last five league games.”

In particular he has felt sorry for Aaron Pride who has had to sit out the last few weeks because of suspension and postponements.

“It must seem like a lifetime for the lad,” said Duffield. “And he still has two games left of his suspension which means that if we can get the game on against Leek on Tuesday (February 7), he will be available for the Quorn game a week on Saturday.”

However, with no injuries worries with any of the regular first team squad Duffield is keen to resume playing again as soon as possible.

“We’ve got a good squad of players who want to do well at Belper Town and the sooner we can get back to playing football again the better,” he said.

The one consolation from the last two postponements is that they were both home games and as such will mean a minimal amount of travelling for the Yorkshire based players amongst Duffield’s squad.

“It’s much better for those of us who live further north to travel to Belper for midweek games rather than to places such as Newcastle and Sutton Coldfield, so we aren’t complaining about the enforced fixture changes as much as we might have done.”

The Nailers are in local derby action this weekend when they make the short journey to Hucknall Town and they have a score to settle against the yellows who gave Belper a sound beating at Christchurch Meadow with a 5-1 win at the end of October.

Dates have been arranged for all of the Nailers’ outstanding fixtures with the Loughborough Dynamo game now taking place on Tuesday 28th February, and the Kidsgrove Athletic fixture that also fell victim to the weather will be played on Saturday, March 10.

The controversially postponed New Mills game that was called off only 90 minutes before kick off will take place at Church Lane on Monday, March 26, and for supporters who have been following the fortunes of Belper’s reserve side this season, they face Derby Rolls-Royce Leisure at Christ Church Meadow on Saturday in the Derbyshire County FA Divisional Cup semi final.