Impressive Belper Town easily beat Kidsgrove
Belper displayed no signs of rust after playing for the first time since February as they beat Kidsgrove Atheltic 3-0.
Aaron Webster made three alterations as Lee Williamson returned from suspension to replace Jack Hallahan. Cameron Steele dropped to the bench in place of Leandro Browne, whilst Max Thornberry came in for Joe Hunt.
Browne gave the Nailers the lead after 15 minutes after latching on to a Williamson pass.
Along with the lead came Belper’s desire and hunger to win the ball back, hunting in packs and leaving no loose ball unchallenged.
The transition from attack back to defence was especially satisfying, a downfall this campaign.
Despite all the hard work, it was a moment of magic that doubled Belper’s advantage just past half an hour.
Williamson, involved again, fed Dominic Allen, whose squared ball found Dylan Garnett who hammered home.
All the home side could muster from the first 45 minutes was captain Ant Malbon’s deflected shot just shy of the post.
To Kidsgrove’s credit, they came out on top in the second half and Jon Beaumont sliced a golden opportunity over the bar from six yards out.
Malbon controlled the ball inside the area with numbers around him, swivelled and shot towards goal, only for Joe Season-Smithard to make an impressive save.
But Webster’s side slowly took the sting out of Kidsgrove’s momentum and turned the half on it’s head.
Steadman should have sealed the points after he turned inside the box to put himself through on goal. Perhaps with too much time to ponder, he blasted his shot high and wide.
Nevertheless the Nailers wrapped up a convincing victory seven minutes from time.
Steadman tried his luck from a freekick which Parton parried into the grateful arms (feet) of substitute Sam Birks only to tap in on the line.
The victory was made even sweeter by being accompanied with only the fifth clean sheet Belper have kept all season.
Kidsgrove Athletic: Parton, Thompson, Lingard, Beaumont, Ashman, Duke, Davidson, Sanders (Rhodes 54), Malbon, Valido- Barai (Jepson). Unused subs: McKeever, Higham, McGaw.
Belper Town: Searson- Smithard, Thornberry, Goddard, Allen, Harrison, Carlisle, Garnett (Birks 78), Lloyd, Steadman, Williamson (Jebbbison 86), Browne (Steele 63). Unused subs: Cole.
Ref: Richard Watson.