Stunning burst of goals sees Nailers extend run

Shaun Tuton, Belper Town'Photo by Tim Harrison
Shaun Tuton, Belper Town'Photo by Tim Harrison

Belper Town hit four goals without reply to stun second in the table Stamford and extend their unbeaten run to 14 games.

The Nailers welcomed back skipper Steve Warne after he missed the midweek game against Halesowen while Jon Froggatt and Shaun Tuton were preferred ahead of Mark Ward and Darryl Thomas.

Richard Adams headed the ball in from a corner kick in the sixth minute but the referee spotted an infringement and disallowed his effort.

Moments later, Shaun Roulston headed a Simon Harrison free kick goalbound but Matt Finlay collected easily.

The Daniels responded with a shot from Jordan Hempenstall that Aaron Chapman held on to, but in the 14th minute Stamford caught Belper on the break and Chapman had to be alert.

Stamford showed good movement with the ball in the 20th minute and Ben Saunders got on the end of a cross, and headed the ball well wide.

However, Belper took the lead in the 23rd minute after the Daniels lost possession and Jon Froggatt fed the ball through for Shaun Tuton to complete an accomplished finish.

Froggatt went close to extending the Nailers’ lead when he and Shaun Tuton combined well, although Froggatt’s shot curled just wide of the upright.

Simon Harrison’s persistence led to Belper’s second goal of the game in the 35th minute proceeded to find Chris Adam in space on the left, and he ran on to unleash a terrific shot that flew in the top corner.

In a rare attack from the visitors on 43 minutes, Aaron Chapman dived at full length to deny Ben Saunders, then it was Belper who found the back of the net for the third time on the stroke of half-time, when Greg Wright struck a low shot just inside the far post.

Shaun Tuton had a great chance to wrap up the points early in the second half when Jon Froggatt found him totally unmarked, but he put the ball well wide.

Tuton got his shot on target from 22 yards in the 53rd minute as the Nailers continued to press, then Chris Adam slipped the ball through to Andy Rushbury and the resulting cross was gratefully collected by the Daniels’ ‘keeper.

Jon Froggatt demonstrated excellent skills in the 65th minute when he collected Andy Rushbury’s cross, turned, and stroked the ball past Matt Finlay to make it 4-0.

This was a great effort from the Nailers who fully redeemed themselves after their poor showing at Stamford in November.

In this sort of form, they are heading for the play-offs, even with ten games still to go.

Belper Town: Chapman, Wright, Rushbury, Cotton, Roulston, Adams, Harrison (Graves 67), Warne, Froggatt (Ward 75), Tuton, Adam (Marrison 58). Unused subs: Thomas, Ratcliffe.Stamford: Finlay, Wright, Hewitt, Saunders S (Batchelor 56), Jones, McGovern, Hall, Osmen, Saunders B, Miller, Hempenstall (Marshall 56). Unused subs: Staff, Hatswell, Swales.

Referee: Nigel Day (Stoke on Trent)

Att: 211

Match Sponsor: Office Care

Man of the Match: Shaun Tuton