Ryan Wheatcroft rescues a late point for Belper United against Pinxton

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Belper United rescued a point against Pinxton after Ryan Wheatcroft netted a late equaliser.

The visitors had taken a deserved lead through James Adcock and looked like they would be taking all the points home.

But the pace of Ryan Wheatcroft saw him go past a number of players before unleashing an unstoppable left footed shot from the edge of the area into the back of the net.

It was a point that left boss Paul Postlethwaite content.

He said: “We were missing a couple of key key players today and managed to get a great squad point against a very good Pinxton side.

“We were obviously ring rusty as this was only our second game in eight weeks, so we have to be very happy a battling performance like that.”

Paul Postlethwaite had two key players missing, with skipper Scott Slater was missing due to university commitments and Jordan Ball was unavailable.

Jamie Sparkes came in at left back and Louis Mundin started up front, while Shaun Roulston took over the captain’s armband.

Pinxton started the better side and had the majority of possession without troubling the United goal.

Belper United had only played once in seven weeks and were struggling to get their passing game going.

The only goalmouth effort to talk about in the first half saw a Pinxton header pushed away from the top corner by the finger tips of Scott Whittingham.

United came out the better side in the second half for 10 minutes, but never troubled the Pinxton backline.

Pinxton, after 60 minutes, took over the possession and after a couple of excellent saves from Scott Whittingham took a deserved lead.

James Adcock turned United defender Adam Robley right and then left before firing a dipping shot into the top corner from 25 yards out.

United had to come out and play and made changes with Tristran Spencer, Ryan Wheatcroft and J.Baxter all brought on.

On 88 minutes United got an equaliser after a great individual effort from Ryan Wheatcroft.

In the dying seconds Pinxton could have taken all three points when a 30 yard freekick looked destined for the bottom corner.

But the excellent Scott Whittingham managed to tip the ball round the post at full stretch to ensure the points were shared.

Belper United: S.Whittingham, A.Moss, A.Robley, S.Roulston, J.Sparkes, S.Vickers, A.Holland, T.Perry, J.Conkleton, A.Dhindsa, L.Mundin

Subs: L.Bamford, T.Spencer, R.Wheatcroft, J.Baxter