Rampant Nailers turn in another five-star display

Shaun Tuton in action for Belper Town
Shaun Tuton in action for Belper Town

Belper Town ran out comfortable winners against Market Drayton Town by hitting five goals without reply at Christchurch Meadow on Saturday

Richard Adams retained his place in the starting line-up due to the unavailability of Karl Colley, while an injury to Darryl Thomas gave Shaun Tuton a start alongside Jon Froggatt.

Colin Marrison, who is due to start a three-game suspension on Monday, was named as a substitute and new signing Matt Millns was also on the bench.

In the eighth minute Shaun Tuton set Simon Harrison up for a shot but it was quickly charged down.

The Nailers had a handball decision go against them in the 15th minute following a Simon Harrison cross but the referee wasn’t interested, and at this stage the Nailers were finding it difficult to penetrate a packed defence.

However, Belper struck twice in a minute when Richard Adams hit a low drive into the far corner on 18 minutes, then with play only restarted for a few seconds, Simon Harrison hit a vicious effort from 20 yards that swerved away from Danny Roberts and flew into the net.

Glyn Cotton nearly made it three on the half-hour mark when he struck a half-volley just over the bar from 12 yards, although since Belper’s second goal Market Drayton had come into the game a little more.

Glyn Cotton spurned a great chance in the 42nd minute after Shaun Tuton laid the ball across the edge of the six-yard area but Cotton lifted his shot over the bar.

The third goal arrived on the stroke of half-time after some great work from Jon Froggatt in finding Shaun Tuton at the far post where the Belper striker finished clinically from close in.

Glyn Cotton fired a difficult chance over the top after Jon Froggatt had brought the ball down on the corner of the six yard area, as the Nailers began the second period in search of more goals.

Glyn Cotton was gifted a goal in the 51st minute after going it alone from midfield and, although he had appeared to have lost control of the ball, Danny Roberts and Nick Porter left the responsibility to each other leaving Cotton to score.

Belper broke away in the 60th minute and Eric Graves was denied by a brilliant save from Danny Roberts, who managed to palm away Graves’s goalbound effort.

Simon Harrison nipped in with a smart angled finish on 68 minutes to make it 5-0 and he should have secured his hat-trick two minutes later when he screwed his shot wide with only the ‘keeper to beat.

The Nailers had to repel a number of attacks in the latter stages but Market Drayton were a spent force by this time and the game had been won.

Belper could look back on another convincing performance and retained their position in the play-off places.

Att: 170

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Man of the Match: Simon Harrison