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Steve Warne''Photo by Tim Harrison
Steve Warne''Photo by Tim Harrison

As the festivities begin, Belper Town sit fifth in the Evo-Stik Division One South to ensure a rather optimistic Christmas time.

A hard fought draw away to Market Drayton may not quite have been on the Nailers Christmas list, but another point and a positive performance demonstrates many reasons to celebrate.

There was no winter wonderland setting as a dull and dreary day made for a difficult occasion for both teams, but manager Peter Duffield was pleased with his side.

“I thought we did very well. We had a couple of decisions go against us which were questionable at the time, but overall we played well and threatened to take all three points. It was a difficult pitch to play on for both teams, but I thought it was a good spectacle for the supporters.

“I was ever so pleased with the players’ attitude and desire. If they show that commitment every week, we won’t go too far wrong. We’ve all been questioned in recent weeks, but I thought we all pulled together well and showed how dangerous we can be.”

The manager is hoping for a fresh bill of health come Boxing Day as the Nailers take on Sheffield FC at Christchurch Meadow. “It was fantastic to have Dan White back in the squad after a long spell away from the game, and Philip Watt came through the warm up well so we’re hopeful of a close return for him.

“Simon Harrison is back with a bang after a tremendous team goal for him, and we were unfortunate to have Jon Froggatt fall ill in the morning along with Dave Ratcliffe. The hope now is that everyone rhas a nice few days off with their families and everybody will come in on Boxing Day in good spirits and be ready for a tough game as Sheffield FC will always make things difficult for any side. It’s an occasion we very much look forward to.”

So for all who will be kicking back and enjoying the week of Christmas, the message from the manager is one of joy and optimism to all - “On behalf of everyone at Belper Town Football Club, I’d like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

“It’s been a successful year for this football club, and we hope for a great finish to that with two strong performances at home before the year is out. We look forward to another successful year.”