Saints take the honours as they earn a 3-0 victory over Belper United in local derby game

Holbrook St Michaels recorded a Boxing Day 3-0 victory over local rivals Belper United in the Central Midlands League.

Belper had the better of the first half chances. After five minutes, a quick freekick saw Dan Riley chip the ball into the six yard, but Chris Whiteley managed to spoon Jordan McRobie’s flick over the bar.

Holbrook were trying to hit United on the break with the pace of Chris Saunders and Lewis Whiting but were mostly restricted to long range efforts.

An early free-kick in the second half could have given Holbrook the lead, but with the ball lofted into the six-yards box, it was headed over the bar.

Belper then preceded to camp in the Saints’ half for the next 20 minutes, but couldn’t get the required goal. A mixture of poor decision making, poor finishing and excellent goalkeeping kept the scoreline goalless until the 65th minute.

A Holbrook St Michaels attack down the left saw the ball slipped into Lewis Whiting and he poked the ball through Adam Jablonski’s legs for the opening goal from six yards out.

Five minutes later, a similar break, this time down the right, saw the ball again slipped through to Lewis Whiting and he volleyed over the advancing keeper to double the lead.

Belper United were visibly shaken and this really finished off United as an attacking force and never looked like getting back into the game.

With less than five minutes to go, United woes were compounded, when Chris Saunders smashed in a 30-yarder which left the keeper rooted to the ground to make the final score 3-0.

After the game, Belper United manager Steve Watson said: “‘It was a typical tough local derby. We defensively went to sleep for a five- minutes spell in the second half, which cost us dear.

“However, we had enough chances before that to put the game out of sight, so we only have ourselves to blame.

“We know sides like St Michaels will never give you an easy option and never give in and you have to match their commitment before you earn the right to play.”