Late goals help to take United through to next round of cup

Aaron Pride, Belper United''Photo by Terry Fletcher
Aaron Pride, Belper United''Photo by Terry Fletcher

Belper United made it through to the third round of the Central Midlands League Cup with 2-0 second round win at Glapwell.

United dominated right from the start on what could only be described as a very sticky pitch. After eight minutes, a great run by Luke Crosby into the box led to his shot rebounding off the post and Jordan McRobie just failing to hit the target.

Ten minutes later, Sam Vickers drifted past two defenders before having a 20-yard shot spectacularly tipped round the post by the Glapwell goalkeeper.

The first half continued with chance after chance going begging and somehow the game reached half-time scoreless.

The second half continued in the same manner. Luke Crosby and the excellent Sam Vickers were tormenting the Glapwell defence but the chances were not being taken.

After 82 minutes, with the game seemingly drifting to extra time, a fabulous 35 yard volley from Jordan McRobie found the corner of the net to finally light up this match.

On 90 minutes, Belper secured the cup tie. Aaron Pride, switched to right midfield after a injury to Sam Vickers, chased down a long ball on the edge of the box and his tenacity paid off when the Glapwell’s keeper clearance rebounded of him and left him the simple chance to stroke home into an empty net.

After the match, manager Steve Watson said: “We had enough chances today to win three cup ties, but I am pleased with the patience the players showed and we finally got our rewards at the end of the match. “We have kept three straight clean sheets and we are learning how to grind out results.

“We played some excellent football today to get into the next round and it is always nice to go on a cup run.”