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Belper Sports U15s 5

Chellaston Boys Ath. 1

BELPER Sports went to the top of the Derby City League Under-15s division two after an emphatic 5-1 demolition of Chellaston Boys Athletic at Chellaston Academy last Saturday morning.

Sports’ eleventh victory of the season also secured automatic promotion to the top flight for next season.

The game started well for the away side with Alex Walker and Ryan Jackson combining well down the right flank forcing the Athletic defence to concede a string of corners in the first ten minutes.

It was good work again down the right from Jackson which gave Connor Bradley the opportunity to score his 22nd goal of the season, which he great fully accepted with a sublime chip over the advancing keeper.

The opening goal stung Chellaston into action and for the next ten minutes they enjoyed some good possession without troubling the in-form Kyle Houseman in the Belper goal.

Then against the run of play came the goal of the game, Sports captain and ex-Mansfield Town academy player Adam Attwater picked up the ball in the centre circle, dropped his shoulder beat two players then a third and unleashed an unstoppable right-footed drive into the top corner from 25 yards, the goalkeeper had no chance.

Sports were still in jubilant mood when Chellaston landed a sucker punch with some incisive play in the midfield which released a Chellaston forward with just the goalkeeper to beat. 2-1 to Belper.

The first half concluded with Sports in the ascendancy with Brad Reed going close from an acute angle.

The second half began as the first finished with Sports dominating and producing wave after wave of attractive attacking football with Adam Attwater and Alex Picken heavily involved.

It was one of these attacks that led to the away side’s third after some neat interchange between Ryan Jackson and Connor Bradley in the Chellaston area set Brad Reed free to finish an excellent flowing move.

The home side visibly shaken by events began to play deeper which only played into Sports’ hands who now took firm control of the game with Callum Burt dominating in midfield. Sports fourth came as a result of Burt’s persistence which set Alex Picken free to finish in style.

Belper’s fifth came with ten minutes left with some strong determined play from Matt Gregory holding off the home side’s defence for Ryan Jackson to coolly slot the ball home.

Belper then shut up shop and saw the game out with a solid defensive display from Harry Bell, Sam Woodward and Asa Shelton.

Man of the match: Adam Attwater