Belper United’s trip to Real United on Saturday in the Central Midlands League ended with them claiming a 1-1 draw.
The first half-hour saw both sides cancelling each other out. Real United had plenty of early possession without troubling the United goal while the pace of Ben Summers and Sam Vickers was causing problems.
After 30 minutes, Belper United took the lead. A slip in defence by Real United let in Tim Perry, who ran on and slipped the ball past the advancing goalkeeper.
Belper United started the second half brighter and with a better tempo, but unfortunately couldn’t find the net. Chance after chance to secure the result went begging and they were forced to eventually pay the price.
With five minutes to go, Real were awarded a penalty for a Scott Slater handball in the box and it was easily converted.
The game then came alive with Real United having a goal disallowed and then Belper United missed another glorious chance when a Sam Vickers effort came back of the post with the last kick of the game.
Manager Paul Postlethwaite said: “For a second game running, poor finishing as a team has cost us all the points. We need to learn to be more composed and ruthless in front of goal. On the plus side, even though on paper it was a mid-table end of season game, the lads gave everything and were completely gutted at the end with the final result. We now have a massive game on Wednesday (tonight) in the semi-final of the League Cup against Central Midlands North winners AFC Mansfield at Hucknall Town, a repeat of last year’s fixture.”