BELPER Town came from behind to record a sixth successive victory and more importantly registered a sixth home victory on the spin – dispelling any notion that they can’t win regularly at home.
While statistically, Belper have under-performed at Christchurch Meadow over the last two or three seasons, it has never concerned manager Peter Duffield and his current crop of players.
And after the latest success, a 3-1 win over Kidsgrove on Saturday, Duffield expressed his delight at the run of form.
“I can’t say the home form has ever been a topic of conversation in the dressing room,” said Duffield.
“Whether we are at home or away my main concern is how we perform and generally speaking, with one or two exceptions, I have been happy with our displays if not always with results.
“This is why last Saturday’s victory was particularly pleasing because we came out after the break and scored three without reply and not so long ago we could easily have lost the plot and the game with it.
“We dominated nearly all of the first-half against Kidsgrove yet let in a goal right on half-time which is always a bad time to concede.”
“But we came back strongly and scored three well-taken goals which was really pleasing and great credit should go to the players for turning the game around.”
With Richard Adams looking as though he will be out for the rest of the season following his fractured arm, the way is open for either Michael Simpkins or Karl Colley to claim a permanent place alongside skipper Dan White.
“Both players are coming close to full fitness and pressing hard for a place,” said Duffield.
“We lost Dan White at half-time through a recurrence of his ankle problem and the pair played together for another 45 minutes and did really well.”
Alton Rennalls was handed an opportunity to show what he can do as he stepped up to replace the suspended Chris Adam, and he impressed Duffield with a good display that was crowned with a well taken goal.
“Alton has been very patient and hasn’t seen a lot of action from the bench, but with Chris missing for three games and being one of our best players, I challenged him to produce something as close as he could to the style of Chris, and to be fair he did really well,” added the Nailers boss.
“He showed the ability to run at players and provide an end product whether it’s a cross or shot, and he scored an excellent goal by meeting Jon Froggatt’s cross ahead of the defender.”
Belper’s recent form has seen them rise to tenth in the league table with 48 points, and interestingly only nine points adrift of their next opponents Stamford who occupy the final play-off place as things stand.
If the Nailers can take three points off the Daniels at Stamford on Saturday then the final few weeks of the season could prove very interesting indeed.
The Nailers’ reserve string fielded five players with first team experience at Mickleover Sports last Tuesday evening and came away with a 7-2 victory, but just as important was the extra match practice it gave Colin Marrison, Ben Leonard and Michael Simpkins.
Duffield said: “It was invaluable to them because they are all coming back from long spells out of the game and while it meant that some of the reserve team regulars missed out, it’s for the good of the club in the long terms.”
Aaron Pride was also involved at Station Road while Jordan Turner weighed in with another two goals as he enhances his claim for a place in the first team.
Turner was also on target in the reserves’ 4-3 victory on astroturf against Dronfield Town Reserves last Saturday.
Meanwhile the reserves hope to continue their good form when they meet Graham Street Prims reserves at Christchurch Meadow on Saturday.
avel to Dronfield Town reserves.