THIS year’s Belper Nursing Cup contined with two quarter-final matches.
Last Monday (April 16) saw Duffield Rangers take on Swanwick Pentrich Road at Highfield Road.
And on a cold, windy evening, two fairly evenly matched teams fought hard to gain the upper hand.
With no score at half-time it looked as though this tie would follow the previous week’s and run on to penalties.
However, with around 20 minutes to go, an incident in the area gave Swanwick penalty which Aaron Brady converted with his usual aplomb.
Paul Gaskin equalised for Duffield ten minutes later and it was all-square again.
Swanwick then conjured an even later winner when Steve Huntington fired his side into the semi-finals.
Last Friday saw another well-matched fixture at Alton Manor with Belper United taking on a youthful Belper Town whose enthusiasm soon tested United.
However, the hosts rose to the occasion, and put heart and soul into the game.
Back and forth went the advantage with neither side managing to produced a goal despite one or two very near misses.
Half-time arrived goalless again and well into the seocond half it again appeared as though penalties were looming.
Just as everyone was preparing for the sudden death ending however, Tim Perry fired United’s winner with two minutes left and put them through to a quarter-final tie against Belper Nailers which is likely to be played this Friday (April 27).
The next two quarter-finals were both scheduled for last night (Wednesday, April 25) with Holbrook St Michaels set to take on Ambergate at Holbrook Park, 6.30pm kick-off, and Holbrook Sports scheduled to meet Bargate Rovers at Shaw Lane (kick off 7.30pm).