Williams spot-on for Nailers

Scott Lowe makes a vital fingertip save for Selston in their win at play-off chasing Leek Town. Photo: Tim Harrison
Scott Lowe makes a vital fingertip save for Selston in their win at play-off chasing Leek Town. Photo: Tim Harrison

After being the victim of a controversial late goal the previous Tuesday, Belper Town shocked play-off chasing Leek Town with an 85th minute winner of their own.

Jonathan Williams’ penalty was the only goal of the game as the Nailersclaimed a fine away win to get the disappointment of the 3-2 defeat to Bedworth United out of their system.

It left Belper comfortably in mid-table, 11th in Division One South of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League.

The penalty came after Evan Garnett was brought down by a Leek defender.

Although the referee originally signalled for a free kick, after discussions with his assistant he pointed to the spot.

It gave Williams another chance to be the hero for the Nailers and he converted the penalty.

Leek continued to push hard in the final minutes to try to claim an equaliser.

But the Nailers survived an extremely nervy finish to the match as corners and dangerous long balls forward tested the visitors’ defence.

Eric Graves made an excellent clearance off the line from a Leek corner to keep his side in the lead.

The flag kick followed a remarkable save from keeper Scott Low.

He dived high to make a fingertip save, pushing away what looked to be a certain equaliser for Leek.

The Nailers defended well for the entire game, but the stand-out player was Haydn Goddard who played at left back for the first time in a Belper shirt.

Goddard seemed to end every attack that came down his side with clever interceptions, seeming to know what his opposing winger would do before the ball reached him.

Goddard played the ball excellently and started a number of his side’s attacks, showing that he can be an effective player on either side of the pitch.

Leek had the better of the first half, attacking with force and putting the visitors under a lot of pressure.

But Belper restricted the home side to very few chances and prevented them from creating anything clear cut.

In the second half, however, the Nailers began to get on top and piled on pressure in search of a goal.

They were thwarted by the outstanding Francino Francis as the centre back seemed to be in the way of almost all of their promising attacks.

However, the visitors eventually found a way through from the penalty spot to grab the points with the late winner.

After the midweek disappointment of conceding a late goal, the Nailers will have been glad to see the late drama go in their favour this time — and more importantly get back to winning ways.

Belper now face two tough matches.

They are away again on Saturday at third-placed Spalding United before a home match the following weekend against the league leaders, Shaw Lane.