Another genius set of substitutes by Belper Town manager Peter Duffield proved to be the difference as the Nailers earned a late 2-2 draw against all odds to Rainworth Miners Welfare on Saturday afternoon.
Goals from super-sub Chris Adam in the 90th and 93rd minutes were just the ticket as the left winger was sent on the pitch midway through the second half.
Adam was pleased his side got the point. “It was just pleasing to get the point so we keep picking these points up over the festive period. It sets us up well for the New Year’s Day clash away to Mickleover Sports and puts us in a positive position going into 2014.”
He continued, “It’s important going into the New Year that we find some consistency and get a string of victories together to bolt us up the table at the back end of season. Mickleover is always a tough game but we’re all up for it and raring to go.”
Meanwhile, Simon Harrison was keen to praise the team’s character and togetherness as they pulled off the mission impossible. “We’ve got great spirit in this team, it’s not the first time we come from a two-goal deficit to earn a draw, of course achieving that away to Market Drayton the other week which just proves how well we stick together.”
Harrison however, was dismayed by the decision not to award a penalty decision as he was played in, only to be tripped inside the area. “It was a definite penalty and a red card, even the lad who fouled me came up to me after to say ‘I’ve got away with that one there’, which is very frustrating. Had that decision been given, with a red card, I expect it would have been a very different outcome.”
With the praise naturally being heaped upon those on the field, a great amount is also owed to the manager, as Peter Duffield’s substitutions were a key factor in the game, as was the case on Boxing Day where the introductions of Colin Marrison and Kieran Wells livened up the Nailers performance to gain a late victory over Sheffield FC. Although a point would have been the least expected by the Nailers, full marks have to be given to the players and the manager for an excellent comeback.
On New Year’s Day, Belper are away to Mickleover Sports, with a 3pm kick off.