Ward at the double as Nailers see off Badgers

Mark Ward scores for Belper against Eastwood
Mark Ward scores for Belper against Eastwood
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Belper Town ended their poor run away at Coronation Park by winning 3-1 at Eastwood Town on Saturday.

Mark Ward continued his hot streak with a brace, and Jon Froggatt completed the job in clinical style.

The first half was played with good intention as both sides produced moments of quality.

The first talking point came on the 11th minute after a corner from the right was lifted in by Simon Harrison and headed into the far corner by Philip Watt, who was adjudged to have pushed his marker and the goal was disallowed.

A minute later produced another chance for the Nailers as a second Simon Harrison corner was headed a foot wide by Jon Froggatt.

The Badgers then had three good chances in the space of two minutes, the first coming for Andrew Hutchinson on the 14th minute when a fine solo run in from the left looked promising. However, his shot was dragged wide of the near left post.

Alex Houghton then saw his shot scuffed off the surface to drop wide of the right hand post.

The Nailer got their reward for persistence on the 36th minute when Chris Jones sent a long free kick up the field for Froggatt, whose shot was blocked.

The follow-up by Harrison was saved well by Hinds, but found its way to the unmarked Mark Ward three yards out to fire home for Belper.

It took just five minutes for Ward to double his tally for the day as Chris Adam played a tremendous ball through to Ward, who stayed onside to play it past the ‘keeper and dribble the ball into the back of the empty net.

The second half was played out in dominant style by the Nailers, who were good value for money and entertained the travelling fans.

Simon Harrison had a far post header cleared off the line by Tyrone Burton after a good cross from Chris Adam on the left.

Further efforts from Richard Adams and Mark Ward were saved well by Hinds and Nailers ‘keeper Scot Low again made an impressive save when Henry Sibenge cut inside from the left and fired a shot to the near post.

Jon Froggatt got a goal on the 73rd minute when Liam Davis played the ball inside for Steve Warne whose Gerrard-like burst into the area found Froggatt to finish in fine style placing the ball into the far corner from a tight angle.

Henry Sibenge got a consolation goal for the Badgers on the 83rd minute when his run cut inside from the right and his powerful left-footed shot drilled its way past Scot Low from 18 yards.