United share the points

Central Midlands League

Premier Division South

Belper United 2

Southwell City 2

BELPER United shared the ploints for the second successive game with all the goals coming in the first half.

United had the wind at their backs and quickly put Southall under pressure, taking the lead on five minutes.

Brewster played a through-ball for Wheeler and his pace took him clear before he drilled a low shot into the bottom corner of the goal to open the scoring.

Belper celebrations were tempered when Paul Postlethwaite had to be replaced with a hamstring injury.

United continued to press and doubled their lead on 22 minutes. In an almost identical move, Wheeler shot but this time the City keeper parried but Jordan McRobie was on hand to force the ball home.

The visitors hit back and reduced the deficit when the ball was played into the Belper area and Russell struck it firmly into the net.

It was all-square on 35 minutes when Macdonald hit a 25 yard shot which found it’s waypast Jablonski thanks to a vicious deflection.

Just before half time Wheeler was cynically brought down by the last defender who was fortunate to receive only a caution.

The second saw saw the wind become stronger and Southwell used it to their advantage with long balls up to the forward.

United had to rely on counter attacks but defended very well.

The match looked to have been won by City in the dying minutes when a cross was headed past Jablonski from a free kick but the referee disallowed the effort for an infringement.

Southall players were still protesting when Smith looked certain to score for United but a nasty bottle at the last second meant he put the chance over.

Over the 90 minutes a draw was a fair reflection on the game and despite blustery conditions, both teams provided an entertaining game of football for the Alton Manor faithful.

This Saturday Belper United are at home again when second-placed Sutton Ton visit for a 2pm kick-off.