United’s unbeaten run is hit for six

Central Midlands League

Prem ier Division South

Belper United 0

Bilborough Pelican 6

BELPER United suffered a major form-book upset as they lost their unbeaten record in a 6-0 home humbling.

The Notts visitors had only recorded one victory this season while United sat comfortably in third spot. However, anyone at the game would have thought the posititons were reversed during the game.

Belper were without Postlethwaite and Sparks whereas Pelican fielded their full strength team for the first time this season.

The visitors looked powerful and full of energy, Belper appeared sluggish and were immediately on the back foot.

In the first ten minutes Pelican created three good opportunities but Belper managed to clear their lines.

After 17 minutes just as Belper seemed to be getting into the game Pelican centre forward David Udoh latched on to a long ball and saw off the challenge of Hanlon before crossing the ball to the far post to be headed in for the opener.

Belper appeared shell shocked and made desperate efforts to keep Pelican at bay but shortly after the score was doubled when a surging run from a Pelican midfielder opened the Belper defence, he then unleashed a fierce shot forcing a good save from Jablonski, Belper were slow to react and Udoh slotted the ball home.

Belper created few opportunities and failed to trouble the opposition keeper in the first half, Hesham Ramadan and Ian Foss gave faultless displays at the heart of the Pelican defence.

The second half saw Belper start brightly but a defensive lapse gifted a third goal to Pelican, Udoh striking a first time shot past Jablonski, the goal totally deflating United while in contrast, the visitors were rampant.

Every time Pelican attacked they looked likely to score and the inevitable arrived on the hour when a sweeping move down the left by Danny Blanchard opened up the Belper defence and Jablonski was beaten by a powerful strike.

In a vain attempt to salvage something from the game Hanlon and Wilde were withdrawn to be replaced by Clark and Beardsley, pushing three men forward, this gave Belper a brief spell of pressure.

Hemmings was brought down on three occasions but the resulting free kicks were cleared effectively by the opposition defence as were a number of corners.

Pelican counter-attacked with great pace causing Belper problems every time and they added two more late goals to wrap up the win.

Belper must now regroup and come back stronger if they are to maintain their challenge in the league.

The next fixture is against Southwell in a fortnight as next week’s opponents have a cup fixture.