Central Midlands League
Premier Division South
Nottingham Police 0
Belper United 3
BELPER United recorded a fine 3-0 away win despite having to make four changes due to injury and illness.
Hemmings and Wilde returned in midfield to replace Payne and Brewster, Postlethwaite came in to replace Tim Perry Wilde and Shaun Smith replaced Wheeler in attack.
The hosts began aggressively and looked to impose themselves physically on United with a string of heavy challenges the referee was quick to punish and an illegal challenge on Wilde brought the first booking of the game.
United rose to the challenge and Sterland and Bacon put in some bone-crunching tackles of their own.
Once the game settled down it was United who controlled possession and after Smith was set free down the left, he unfortunately stumbled and failed to trouble the home keeper.
The Police had one long range effort which just went past the post but despite some good individual skills they failed to work as a team and couldn’t down the resolute Belper defence.
Belper’s pressure eventually produced the opening goal on the half-hour. A series of United corners caused the Police all sorts of problems and when Bacon rose above the defence, his header found Kyle Wadsworth who calmly placed the ball into the corner of the net to give the visitors a deserved 1-0 lead.
Before the half was over McRobie turned his marker and burst forward only to be fouled on the edge of the box. It was a challenge which, on another day, would have received a red card.
Hemmings hit the resulting free kick low round the wall which forcing an excellent save by the Police keeper.
The second half continued with Belper having the greater possession and attacking threat.
The Police became more and more frustrated and their football more disjointed.
Jablonski in the Belper goal had become a spectator as United doubled their lead on 55 minutes. Hemmings found Bridges in space down the left and his excellent was finished clinically by Wilde who had made a great run to the near post.
Belper continued to press and after some desperate defending Belper were awarded a corner on 75 minutes. Bridges knocked a deep ball which was headed out only as far as kyle Wadsworth who controlled the ball on his chest before thundering an unstoppable volley in-off the post leaving the home incumbant rooted.
Another cross from Bridges was headed powerfully by Wadsworth but his hat-trick chance was denied by an athletic save by the Police keeper.
United maintain fourth spot in the league. This Saturday they make the short journey to face Pinxton FC (3pm).