Promotion hopes hit as 11-match winning run ends


Belper’s Midlands Premier Division promotion hopes were dented by their first defeat of 2018.

A 3-1 defeat at Harborne ended Belper’s run of 11 victories, meaning they need to win three of their final four matches to be sure of promotion.

Two goals in the opening ten minutes put the visitors on the back foot before Sam Dixon replied before half-time,

Harborne secured victory six minutes from time.

Head coach Ben Lamb said: “It was tough. Harborne were exceptional in the opening ten minutes.

“They were quick out the blocks and we didn’t cope. We played with an element of fear, which put us on the back foot.

“We did get ourselves back into the game in the first half and had an excellent period just before half-time.

“We hit the post and had several good opportunities to equalise, but couldn’t force it.

“In the second half we chased hard, but it wasn’t our day.

“We will go again. it’s still in our hands. Now we will see how good we really are.”

After conceding the two early goals, Belper threatened on the break.

Good chances fell to James Gough, Sam Dixon and Damian Jarzembowski with Gough hitting the frame of the goal.

Dixon pounced to score on the reverse after Jarzembowski saw his effort saved.

Belper continued to press and an excellent flowing move was almost completed by Gough, but his effort went the wrong side of the post.