Wilde pops up with vital equaliser for United

Jamie Wilde, Belper United
Jamie Wilde, Belper United

Belper United earned another Central Midlands League South Division point on Saturday, drawing 3-3 at home to Barrowby FC.

Steve Watson had two players missing again from last week’s game.

Craig Riley was unavailable and Scott Slater was suffering from a hamstring injury.

Ben Summers returned on the left hand side.

Belper United got off to an awful start in blustery conditions at Christchurch Meadow.

After only four minutes, an inswinging corner was misjudged by Adam Jablonski and he could only punch the ball into his own net.

Two minutes later though, Belper United equalised, when Joe Sparham rose highest to head home a Ben Summers’ free-kick.

A scrappy 20-minute spell was broken when Barrowby took the lead again.

Barrowby broke up a Belper United attack and, with no one tracking back, took advantage and Callum Tyndall slid home after 35 minutes.

Barrowby came out the better side in the second half for the first 15 minutes but were caught out after 60 minutes.

Luke Crosby picked the ball up, slotted it through the defender’s legs and curled a shot into the top corner from 20 yards out.

Barrowby took the lead again on 70 minutes when poor defending led to the ball falling to Barry Payne and he easily slotted home from inside the six-yard box.

A minute later, Barrowby should have put the game out of sight when they were awarded a penalty.

Adam Jablonski stood big and in the end easily saved the penalty.

Belper United made two substitutions with just over ten minutes to go and they were both hugely instrumental in Belper United’s third equaliser.

With 92 minutes on the clock, Ollie Shelton sped down the right wing and his perfect cross was met by the head of Jamie Wilde in the six yard box to make the score 3-3.

Manager Steve Watson said: “We were very poor today and are very lucky to get a point from the game.

“Barrowby were better and more determined all over the park today and must feel aggrieved to not take all three points.

“If we want to challenge for honours this year, we can’t afford to put in another performance like that and we must try and put that right against Hucknall Town next week.”

After this Saturday’s home game against Hucknall Town, United entertain GHolbrook St Michaels on November 14 in the Second Round of the Derbyshire Senior Cup.

Then they are at South Normanton on November 16 .

Saturday’s team: A.Jablonski, A.Moss (O.Shelton 78), T.Sterland, J.Sparham, T.Curtis, S.Vickers (S.Smith 60 Mins), A.Taylor, D.Riley (J.Wilde 75 mins), B.Summers, J.McRobie, L.Crosby