Belper Town’s superior second half showing saw them cruise to a comfortable 2-0 win against Handsworth Parramore in the Nailers’ latest pre-season friendly.
Parramore fielded a number of former Belper players such as Hayden Goddard, Jordan Turner, Lee Cooksey and were captained by John Froggatt during Friday night’s game.
Visiting manager James Colliver also enjoyed a successful spell at the Marston’s Stadium and no doubt wanted to put one over Belper’s recently appointed manager Grant Black in their first ever game against the Nailers. Belper had an early opportunity to go ahead when Ross Haig’s effort was well saved by Phil Barnes. Haig shot just wide soon after, Danny Burns had a 12th-minute volley saved and Anton Daniels put one over the bar.
Handsworth looked menacing and should have taken the lead through Turner but he dallied and gave Max Beardmore chance to block after inititally doing well to keep out a Lee Hill header.
If Handsworth had edged the first half on points, the second belonged totally to Belper. Marcus Day, Joel Ambalu and Danny Gordon were all introduced and immediately things looked far more promising.
Firstly Max Beardmore had to deal with a John Froggatt volley in the 48th minute but this was a rare opportunity afforded to a prolific striker who bagged 150 goals for Belper during some of the most successful years.
Callum Lloyd saw a powerful header well saved then good link up play with Joel Ambalu ended with the former North Ferriby striker shooting just past the far post.
Belper broke the deadlock when Alex Peterson soared above everyone to nod a Danny Gordon cross into the net and they doubled their advantage when a goalkeeper error allowed Burns the chance to score from close in.
Marcus Day hit a wonderful shot from 35 yards that the ‘keeper saved with equal brilliance and as the game came to its conclusion, Day and Nathan Curtis had shots saved as Nailers ended on a high note.
Belper Town. Max Beardmore, Darryl Lucas (J Eldridge 65), Cameron Clark (F Butcher 73), Ricky Paylor, Danny Burns, Sam Colbear, Jake Ellam (D Gordon 45), Callum Lloyd (N Curtis 70), Alex Peterson (D Garnett 77), Anton Daniels (M Day 45), Ross Haig (J Ambalu 45). Referee: Richard Eley.