Reserves regret missed chances

Belper Town Reserves 1

Borrowash Vics Reserves

Belper were disappointed to lose their first game of the new year as they went down to a battling Borrowash side.

However, they created enough chances to have won the game comfortably and there will be concern that they are not converting enough of those opportunities.

Although Belper’s Blake Owen hit the post, Vics started the better of the two sides and caused the Nailers problems early on. So it was some surprise that the home side found themselves in front on 15 minutes. Centre half Ashley Worthington picked out Ashley Hunter, who showed great composure to lift the ball over the advancing ‘keeper.

Five minutes later, a similar move saw Hunter do the same thing but this time the ball went just wide of the post. The Nailers were then immediately punished as Vics equalised with a low strike to the left corner of the net.

Hunter, Baker and Vickers all had opportunities to put Belper back in front before the break, but the two sides went into half-time on level terms.

The second period saw no real pattern to the game as it became scrappy, with the Nailers struggling to get their passing game going. Midway through the half, Vics took the lead from a neat turn and strike by James DeReus that gave Belper ‘keeper Ashley Smith no chance.

Belper attempted to get themselves back in the game and had good chances squandered by a number of players, and Vics managed to see the game out to claim all three points.

Belper team: Smith, Bradley (Crooks 77), Crossley, Wilson, Worthington, Bailey, Baker (Dallison 75), Hayes, Owen (Thompson 65), Hunter, Vickers, Unused subs, Meehan (GK)