BELPER United retained their grip on the Belper Nursing Charity Cup after beating Holbrook Sports 3-2 in the final on Bank Holiday Monday.
The final was staged at Belper Town FC’s Christchurch Meadow ground and, true to form for this year, the rain came down!
The two finalists had progressed through the competition with Belper United beating Belper Town, Belper Nailers Veterans and Swanwick Pentrich Road. Holbrook Sports accounted for Bargate Rovers and Holbrook St Michaels.
Prior to the match, the Mayor of Belper, Coun Alan Cox and his wife Jackie were introduced to the teams and officials. A crowd of around 150 were then treated to a good, competitive game of football.
The tie ebbed and flowed but both goalkeepers showed determination and competence until Holbrook opened the scoring around 20 minutes in.
United fought back and at the half-time whistle the scoreline was level at 1-1.
The second half was also fully committed from both sides with defences generally on top. Holbrook did manage to find the target again and they held onto their lead until a melee in the Sports side’s area ended with Scott Whittingham being unsighted and United equalised at 2-2.
With extra time looming, a quick break by Belper caught Holbrook on the hop and a late goal gave United the trophy for a second successive year.
Belper’s goals came from Scott Slater, Kyle Wadsworth and Jamie Wilde; Holbrook’s came from Tom Bartrum and Nial Mather.
The picture shows Councillor Cox presenting the trophy to Belper captain Kyle Wadsworth, with Nursing Cup chairman, John Edwards looking on.