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The Belper Town bangwagon rolled on with a seventh and then eighth successive league victory at the weekend, defeating Brigg Town at Christchurch Meadow on Saturday and then beating Sheffield FC on Bank Holiday Monday.

Two goals from Jon Froggatt and a goal from Mark Ward put the seal on a professional display against the visitors from Lincolnshire and then Froggatt, Ward and Kieran Wells hit the target at Sheffield.

The eagerly anticipated play-off semi final is getting nearer for the Nailers with just one league game remaining, at home on Saturday against title chasing Halesowen Town.

Belper Town find themselves just days away from knowing the opponents they will face for the all-important tie.

Though there will be nothing but focus on the field for the teams involved this coming weekend, there stands a special memory which will be duly marked by both parties.

Private Derek Bradley, the former Nailers centre forward who tragically lost his life at the age of just 22, will be thought of with nothing but fond memories by both sides, as members connected with both football clubs served in the same regiment as Private Bradley during their time in the army.

The terrible accident occurred on July 15 1960, as Derek and his two friends were bathing in the sea off Holliwell Bay, near Newquay, and a strong tide took the life of the Nailers frontman, with his two friends surviving the fast current.

Private Bradley, who averaged a goal a game during the 1959-60 season, scoring 34 goals, is widely regarded as the club’s most natural finisher of all time, and memories of what could have been live on.

Just days after his tragic death, a letter was delivered to his home with the offer of a trial at Blackburn Rovers, who at the time played in the Football League’s first division.

Despite this offer of a lifetime, Derek’s mother placed on record: “He was expecting it – but he had already signed for Belper Town and would not have looked anywhere else for his football”, a measure of the soldier’s love for Belper Town Football Club.

As the two ex-soldiers for either side who served with Derek Bradley all those years ago are set to be reunited this coming weekend, the Belper Town Operations Committee will be sponsoring a matchball in the memory of the former Nailers goal scorer.

Perhaps fittingly, striker Jon Froggatt, who scored his 34th and 35th goals of the season against Brigg Town on Saturday, and his 36th against Sheffield, is set to be awarded the golden boot for the Evo-Stik Division One South after another blistering season, another man who knows what it takes to score goals on a weekly basis.