Belper Town continued their good run of form after a tireless performance earned a victory over Chasetown on Saturday.
The Nailers travelled away from home for a third consecutive game in all competitions which saw a clean sheet and a well taken penalty from Jon Froggatt.
Manager Peter Duffield was impressed with his team’s graft as they worked hard to gain the three points against ‘one of the top sides in the league’.
“Chasetown are a big club, with a bigger budget and they reached the play-off final last year, which was the reality of our opposition. To come away with three points and a clean sheet is something to be very proud of as not many teams will go there this year and achieve that feat.”
He continued: “For the first 15 minutes, they were the better side, hitting the crossbar in the meantime, but I felt we dominated the remainder of the first half beyond that. We got our penalty, but I felt there were two more penalty claims for ourselves that were even clearer than the one we were given.”
The victory now puts the Nailers within touching distance of the play-off places, which the manager believes will stand them in good stead to push on into the thick of the season.
“When you consider the start we had last season, this is a huge improvement. Getting our point against top of the table Leek Town, beating Ilkeston and now beating Chasetown, all away from home, is incredibly pleasing. We had to sustain pressure against Chasetown, but there isn’t going to be a single team in this league that goes to their ground and dominates the game for 90 minutes.
“They will always peg teams back at times and create chances although it was again pleasing to see that most of the saves that Scot had to make were shots from range.”
He added: “From a manager’s point of view moving forward, the best thing for me was the work rate, intensity and fighting spirit that my players showed. They really played for the shirt and for Belper. The players after the game were feeling very happy about the result, and there is a feel good factor about the club.
That can only be a good thing from my perspective and from the clubs perspective. We’ll go into the next game with real confidence back on our own ground.” The Nailers now face a visit from Carlton Town on Tuesday 24th, and with the manager hoping to sustain the winning momentum, he is also hoping as many players as possible pass fit to play. “We have a fair few knocks in the squad now, losing Chris Adam in the warm up and Dan White after 30 minutes on Saturday, along with the rest. So we’ll have to do our best to get the players ready.”