Palmer satisfied with first workout as Belper record win over Ivanhoe

Belper manager Charlie Palmer  - Pic by: Richard Parkes
Belper manager Charlie Palmer - Pic by: Richard Parkes

Charlie Palmer saw Belper Town’s 4-2 win over Ashby Ivanhoe as a good workout for his players but knows there’s a lot to be done before the 2016/17 season begins.

The Nailers found themselves 2-0 down before scoring four times to earn the win in their first pre-season friendly.

And Palmer was pleased to have got a look at his players in a match situation and to be able to assess what areas need work.

He said: “Going into the season we will certainly need to improve in the defence, this is something that the lads will be working on in training on Tuesday.

“Also there is a lot to be worked on in the midfield, however we did have six of our key players missing.

“I wasn’t worried when we went behind as I know that we have forwards who will definitely score when they get chances, although we did concede two very sloppy goals which is something that needs to be ironed out going into the season so we will be working on the back line for sure.”

The game against Ashby Ivanhoe was the first time that a number of the Nailers players will have been representing the club and they would have been looking to impress the manager in order to secure themselves a first team place.

Among them were Jordan Ball and Reuben Wiggins-Thomas who both got on the scoresheet.

Palmer added: “I was certainly impressed by Jermain Hollis who I’d previously worked with at Long Eaton United so I knew what to expect from him.

“Jordan and Reuben both picked up goals for themselves what is good too see, and young Dominic Allen who elected to play despite going through a tough time recently.

“With Reuben, I know what I’m going to get, he’s a fantastic striker and whenever he gets through he’s going to score, I’ve seen a lot of him and I’m sure he will do great going into the new season.”

Palmer’s attention will now be turned to the trip to South Normanton Athletic on Thursday, this being the first opportunity that Nailers fans will have to see their new players on show after Saturday’s friendly was forced to be played behind closed doors.