Belper Town made progress in the Derbyshire Senior Cup when they defeated Mickleover Sports last Tuesday evening thanks to Simon Harrison who struck a fine winner in added on time.
The Nailers left four of their regular first team players out for this local derby clash with a fifth, Mark Ward, named as a substitute, which added to Belper satisfaction in getting through to the next round.
It was just a shame that only 83 people turned up to watch and confirmed a worrying trend in attendances, which have fallen this season, despite the Nailers showing good form at Christchurch Meadow.
Brigg Town nicked a point off the Nailers last Saturday after being dominated for much of the game. However, they managed to keep Belper at bay for long periods with an excellent defensive display which was frustrating to say the least for the home supporters.
Manager Peter Duffield switched his strikeforce in the second half with Jon Froggatt and Darryl Thomas coming on instead of Mark Ward and Shaun Tuton, who had failed to find a way past a resolute defence.
The Nailers were trailing to a 64th minute header from Zebras’ skipper Ryan Paczkowski and looked to be on their way to a rare home defeat, but Jon Froggatt unpicked the Brigg defence like only he can and found Darryl Thomas with a perfectly weighted pass that Thomas slid expertly wide of the advancing ‘keeper.
Duffield has really good attacking options now but may find it difficult to keep all four strikers happy, although the Nailers should certainly benefit from the competition for places.
Meanwhile, Richard Adams was due to miss Tuesday’s trip to Ossett Town in the Doodson Cup, which was all set to take place last night, and the trip to runaway leaders Coalville Town on Saturday as he completes his three-game suspension.
After their trip to Coalville on Saturday, the Nailers will then be playing host to Kidsgrove Athletic on the evening of Tuesday, December 18, with the game taking place at Christchurch Meadow.