Belper Town ended 2012 on a memorable high when they ran out 5-1 winners against Sheffield FC at a soggy BT Local Stadium in Dronfield on Boxing Day.
A Jon Froggatt hat-trick, preceded by goals from Colin Marrison and Simon Harrison gave manager Peter Duffield the perfect response to the Nailers’ poor showing in the Doodson Cup against Ossett Town in their previous game.
Froggatt’s hat-trick was all the more remarkable in that he had only entered the action on the hour mark.
He then proceeded to fire the Nailers into a commanding position from which a shell shocked Sheffield FC side would never recover as Belper completed a handsome victory by a comfortable margin.
“It was the perfect response to the Ossett performance,” said Duffield.
“It shows what we are capable of when we pull together and play for each other.”
He continued: “I was disappointed that we were only 1-0 up at half-time because we had dominated the first 45 minutes and I can only think of one save that Chappy (Aaron Chapman) had to make.”
“I started the game with Mark Ward and Darryl Thomas as my strike pairing, but switched early in the second half with Jon Froggatt and Shaun Tuton.”
Duffield went on: “The pair showed a great attitude and I was pleased for Froggy, who scored two great goals and hit a penalty to put us out of sight of Sheffield.”
Duffield was pleased with the performance of Eric Graves, who made his debut for the Nailers after re-signing for the club from neighbours Mickleover Sports recently.
“Eric will be a great asset to us and I thought he did very well on his first outing,” said Duffield.
“He has all-round ability and if we are going to do well this season, then we need players of his calibre in the side to complement our other squad members.”
Belper’s Boxing Day victory sparked an unusual hat-trick of managerial resignations.
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Sheffield boss Curtis Woodhouse chose to resign after watching his side being swept away by the Nailers.
Previously, Northwich Victoria and Hucknall Town had parted company with their respective management after suffering defeats at the hands of Belper Town.
The Nailers travel to Rainworth Miners Welfare this coming Saturday.