New boss hoping Froggatt will stay

NEW Belper Town manager Peter Duffield managed to recruit two new players quickly and brought in former Stocksbridge man Colin Marrison and Corey Gregory from Sheffield United.

However Duffield knows that his first priority is to draft more players into his small squad now that Camm has gone and Matt Plant is certain to leave this week and join Brigg Town.

“Matt (Plant) agreed to be involved at Carlton which he didn’t need to do bearing in mind his imminent move, and I thanked for that,” said Duffield.

“However Corey (Gregory) won’t be staying with us because he feels that he is better off in the youth set up at Sheffield United, and found it hard going ay this level.”

Jon Froggatt must have had a difficult decision to make on his future at Christchurch Meadow but he made himself available for the Carlton game and gave his usual 110% for the cause.

“I’ve asked Froggy to stay at the club and he’s thinking it over,” explained Duffield.

“We have had strong interest in him from other clubs which is understandable.

“He was excellent in training this week which bearing in mind the events at the start says a great deal about him.

“He put in a huge amount of effort in Saturday’s game and that’s what he is all about and is just the sort of player I want at the club.

“It is his decision at the end of the day but he loves Belper Town and he’s a big favourite of the supporters and that combination may be enough to keep him at Christchurch Meadow.”

Duffield relishes the challenge that lies ahead but felt that his first game in charge should have yielded a point.

“The game rested on a couple of penalty decisions in my opinion,” said Duffield.

“I felt we should have been given a penalty early on the second half when their player handled,” he said, “how that was missed by the referee’s assistant I don’t know but the incident happened at least two yards inside the penalty area.

“And although I didn’t see too much of the play that led to their penalty award, the lads said afterwards that their player seemed to trip over the ball without any of our players touching him.”

“It was an unfortunate way to lose the game because in the second half we played much better but it was a couple of pieces of sloppiness that led to their goals in the first half, and we can’t afford to let teams in so easily”.

The Nailers make a swift return to Carlton on Wednesday evening (28th) in the League Cup and then in a rearranged fixture the Nailers go to Rainworth Miners Welfare on Saturday.

There’s midweek action at Christchurch Meadow next Tuesday evening when Goole AFC are the visitors.