In-form Belper march on with ninth successive win

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Head coach Ben Lamb was delighted as Belper 1sts made it nine wins out of nine with a 4-1 home win over Loughborough Town in the Midlands Premier Division.

Belper produced an outstanding display of counter-attacking hockey as a hat-trick from talisman Sam Dixon, who made it 24 league goals for the season, and another score for Tom Ryland were enough to see off stubborn opposition.

Lamb said: “The boys were fantastic. We had a large squad available and they all played their part.

“They can be proud of their performances. The game was cagey at the start, however, we knew if we could get our noses in front, then we would be difficult to beat.

“Loughborough came with a game plan. We knew they would over-play at times and we were able to pick them off.

“Damian (Jarzembowski) made a good contribution. He gained an assist and won one of the corners we scored from.

“He is a decent player and will make an impact in the remaining games.

“James (Gough) has also settled well. Overall, it was a very satisfactory afternoon.”

Dixon broke the deadlock after a good save from a penalty corner, reacting quickest at the rebound to fire past the keeper at the second attempt.

Ryland made it 2-0, also at the second attempt, after a good Scott Marsh interception.

In the second half Jarzembowski set up Dixon for number three before the marksman completed his treble.