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Aaron Pride, Belper Town
Aaron Pride, Belper Town

With three important squad members absent last Saturday, the Nailers found in-form Stamford too much to handle.

Daniels’ striker Ricky Miller hit four goals on a wet and miserable afternoon and left Belper looking distinctly second best as they struggled to make an impact.

“Miller was the difference between the two teams,” said Belper boss Peter Duffield.

“He was alive to every opportunity and took his goals very well even though we helped him with a couple of them along the way.”

The Nailers started the game well and were the better side until Stamford scored their opening goal against the run of play.

“It was a poor decision by the referee to give a handball decision against Greg Wright,” said Duffield, “he took no account of the conditions and circumstances, but we were slow to cover the free-kick and Miller got in front of the defenders and headed home.

“Their second was a calamity as far as I was concerned. Richard Adams headed straight to Miller and he just struck it first time and suddenly we were two goals down without having deserved it.”

Duffield admitted that he missed Karl Colley, Colin Marrison and Shaun Tuton more than he thought he would, and Tuton’s absence was probably the player missed most.

“His pace and opportunism would have been invaluable on that pitch,” said Duffield.

“He would have provided the spark that Miller did for Stamford, although Mark Ward showed opportunism in getting the goal just before half-time but it was the only time we really gambled on anything.”

Richard Adams’s sending off was effectively the end of any hopes that Belper might have had.

Duffield wasn’t happy with the referee’s decision that he felt was taken far too hastily.

“Addo took the ball cleanly as far as I’m concerned,” said Duffield, “but the conditions made his challenge look far worse because he slid on the muddy surface for a couple of yards.”

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“Again, it was a case of the referee not allowing for the conditions and we will now lose him for three games which is unfair in my opinion.”

Jon Froggatt was dueto start his first game of the season when the Nailers travelled to Ossett Town in the Doodson League Cup on Tuesday evening.

“It’s an ideal opportunity for Jon to improve his match fitness,” said Duffield.

“He’s played for 20 minutes or so in the last few games and it’s time to start him in a game and give him 60 minutes or so. I will be using the tie to give run outs to squad members who haven’t had the opportunity show what they can do”

The Nailers will be in league action on Saturday when newcomers Halesowen Town visit Christchurch Meadow, and next Tuesday evening Belper face Mickleover Sports in the Derbyshire Senior Cup.

Belper’s second string suffered a setback last weekend when they lost by the odd goal in 7 against Dronfield Town Reserves, and this weekend they make the short journey to face Heanor Town Reserves.