Goalkeeper Aidan Winterbottom enters the fray - to play on the left wing !
Fresh from playing on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday ... Celtic came down to Derbyshire with 12 players - including 2 goalkeepers (4 players stranded in a broken down car). An heroic performance, but to be honest, they must have been running on empty ...
Belper fans made up the majority of the 103 attendance ...
Was hoping to see some old mates from Stalybridge - who were due to play Matlock Town today. However the weather put paid to that, so checked out the National Rail planner and found an awayday to Sutton Coldfield was feasible. Tweeted Romulus to check if game was still on and got the reply "Definitely - we've got a 3G pitch" ... well I didn't know (much still to learn about Evo-Stik Division 1 South !!). A jolly day out and revenge for the 2-2 home draw a couple of weeks earlier.
Unable to travel to Spalding on Saturday to see Belper Town, so headed up the A6 (OK using the train !) to see Matlock Town play Farsley Celtic. Several blizzards and one stoppage (line clearing) later, it was nice to get into a nice warm clubhouse ! Matlock took an early lead and had several chances to improve in the first half ... but it all went wrong after the break, and the unscheduled stoppage part way through the second half seemed to be the key - Farsley scoring twice to go back to Leeds with all three points. Pics from the game at Matlock Town 1 Farsley Celtic 2 .
... in the Integro Cup - after weathering the early storm, Matlock took the lead ... then it all went downhill from there ... Matlock 1 Hednesford Town 3
Rumours going round Derbyshire that my "move" into the area has brought bad luck to all teams I've watched (Belper Town, Matlock Town and Holbrook Sports so far ...) .... I point the finger at Mossley - who ain't doing so good since I left ... such is the beautiful game !
Out for a walk on Wednesday with the Belper U3A walking group round Shipley Park - once an area of coal mines, quarries and old railways - now a large country park. A touch moist to begin with (!) but weather did improve. A few (dry) pics at
Leandro Browne sets the ball rolling - 1-0 to Belper ...
A win !!! Didn't make the midweek game at Chesterfield (Derbyshire Senior Cup - 0-0 lost on pens), but the word was "much improved" - and it showed on Saturday. Belper rode their luck a bit at the start - but a penalty save and a disallowed Alvechurch goal was the catalyst for an excellent performance. Pics at Alvechurch 2 Belper Town 4 .