New recruit Kevin Henagou impresses Belper boss Jimmy Albans

Jimmy Albans - Pic By James Williamson
Jimmy Albans - Pic By James Williamson

Belper Town manager Jimmy Albans took the positives from Saturday’s goalless draw at home to Chasetown.

New recruit Kevin Henagou impressed Albans on his debut up front alongside Evan Garnett after the striker’s move from Dunkirk on Friday.

Albans said: “Kev (Hemagou) came in and did very well on his debut, it was the first time he had even met any of our players, let alone played or trained alongside them.

“He was in for a battle from minute one and I was impressed with his hold up play and how he linked up with Evan.”

The new centre-half partnership of Lee Cooksey and captain Phil Watt led the team to their first clean sheet in four games.

“Cooksey has hit the ground the running after replacing the suspended Paul Lister,” said Albans.

“He has been playing out in Australia and he found it difficult to adapt back to the physicality of Evo-Stik football.

“He has developed a good partnership with Phil (Watt) and the clean sheet on Saturday is a decent foundation to build upon.”

The Nailers are waiting on several key players to return from injuries and suspensions.

And Albans is desperate for new signing Tom Liversedge to return to full fitness.

“Although Tom has only played for 60 minutes at Spalding away, we are missing his presence up front.

“He is still struggling with his ankle that he sprained in the game at Spalding where he scored,” he added.