Belper Town boss Charlie Palmer expressed his delight at his side’s opening day victory at Kidsgrove Athletic at the weekend and challenged his team to match the standards set for the rest of the campaign.
The Nailers won 3-1 against one of the teams much-fancied for promotion from Evo-Stik Division One South, Jonathan Williams’ brace and a late goal from Reuben Wiggins-Thomas doing the damage.
And Palmer was extremely happy with his side’s performance, insisting his players will believe in themselves more after the fine result.
He said: “It’s pleasing to come to the so-called favourites and to play the way we did. We played with great passion, we worked, we moved the ball well, we got in, around and down the sides of them and caused them problems.
“It was disappointing to end the half 1-1 but obviously everybody makes mistakes, but what was good about it was that there were signs in the first-half that we could get a result.
“We’ve come away with a great result and a great performance and that will give the players great self belief that if we maintain our standards we could surprise some teams this season.”
Williams opened the scoring for the Nailers before Anthony Malbon levelled from the spot. Williams restored the lead in the second-half before Wiggins-Thomas made it 3-1.
Palmer singled out Williams as his team’s key man in the game, however he said that every single one of his players deserved praise.
“It’s unfair to single any one player, but Jonathan obviously played well and got himself two goals so people are going to say he was man of the match, but he is one of the players that, since I joined the club, I have been trying to make realise how important he is to the team, on and off the ball.”
Palmer’s team were back in action against Newcastle Town last night after the Belper News went to press, with Palmer wanting more of the same from his team.
He added: “We need the same appetite from the lads, the same desire to compete and if they continue to work they have today and like they did against Matlock, they will get more goals and more results like this throughout the season.”