Belper RUFC’s final fixture of 2013 saw them make the short trip to play Long Eaton on Saturday.
The match ended in a narrow 7-0 loss for Belper in the last Midlands Four East (North) fixture before the Christmas and New Year brerak.
A cup exit early in the season at Long Eaton had left bitter memories for Belper.
So the visitors were looking for some revenge, and the opportunity to make a comparison to show the major development and progression the Belper first team had made in just half a season.
A very even first half saw neither side score points, despite a close attempt at the posts from a Long Eaton penalty.
Neither side gained dominance in any area of the pitch, but an exciting rucking game from both sides kept the spark of competition very much alive.
The second half saw Belper pile on the pressure and start to hit the half-time targets issued.
Despite having the lion’s share of possession and territory Belper failed to convert into points and, after a few clear chances had gone to waste, Long Eaton took a break up field, turning defence into attack very quickly.
This resulted in the first and only try of the game, and with ten minutes left Belper’s pressure remained fruitless.
A 7-0 loss away from home may not have served up revenge as desired, but there was no doubt in anyone’s mind that it was a massive improvement from the last fixture.
The next fixture for Belper is on January 4, at home to Tupton (2.15pm kick off).