However, Leek defended well and took the lead just past the hour mark although the Nailers drew level with less than 20 minutes to go.
Blues’ boss Lee Casswell
was forced to shuffle his pack due to injuries and holiday commitments with rookie keeper Cameron Ringstead making his debut whilst experienced striker Peter Wright found the net on his debut for the club.
Leek should have taken the lead with barely a minute on the clock when Matt Haddrell pulled down a ball into the Belper box and knocked it square to Karl Charlton who took one touch before firing an angled shot wide of the upright.
Belper responded winning a corner just a minute later that led to a mix-up in the Leek box but Andy Rushbury stabbed the ball wide.
In the 8th minute Rushbury spurned another chance when he shot across Ringstead and the far post.
Ringstead pulled off the first of a number of outstanding saves when he prevented the home side taking the lead following a well flighted corner.
Two minutes later Ringstead had to go full length to tip round a good shot by Dan White to keep his goal in tact.
In the 14th minute Blues put a good move together down the right and Wright turned in-field before firing wide of the target.
The diminutive striker came close again 8 minutes later but his shot took a deflection off a defender and Aaron Chapman was able to hold under his crossbar.
At the other end Ringstead pulled off another great save to deny Simon Harrison as Belper kept up the pressure but Wright forced Chapman to save in the 34th minute as Leek countered.
In the 34th minute Tim Sanders went down the right and crossed into the box where Haddrell nodded on for Wright but Chapman blocked his shot and then went down to nick the ball off Haddrell’s boot.
Five minutes from the break Aaron Pride ran half the length of the pitch but with the Leek defence backing off he failed to get any power in his shot.
Leek upped their game in the second half and in the opening minute of the half Sanders had a corner cleared from the foot of the near post and then Haddrell was robbed of the ball on the edge of the box.
Belper danger man Harrison put in a good run in the 51st minute but then shot wide of the near post.
A minute later Wright set up Ross Davidson but his shot was headed clear before Ringstead made another full-length save to deny Ryan Mallon at the other end.
Two minutes later Ringstead was at it again making another tremendous save this time to deny Ashley Longstaff.
In the 59th minute Blues caught Belper on the break and Matt Bell
played a good ball forward for Wright whose shot from a tight angle shaved the front of the crossbar.
The ball was cleared only as far as Charlton who again set up Wright whose shot was only half cleared and Wright whipped it back into the path of Haddrell who saw his deft, flicked shot superbly saved by the keeper.
Belper went on to rue their many missed chances as Leek broke the deadlock in the 62nd minute and it was the combination of Wright and Haddrell that did the trick.
The ball was played quickly up to Haddrell who held off a challenge before playing it over the home defence for Wright to run on to and he squeezed his shot across the advancing keeper into the far bottom corner.
Six minutes later Sanders flashed a cross through the Belper box but the ball missed everybody in a crowded area.
Belper won two free kicks in quick succession in the 70th minute and from the second Mark Ward drove the ball round the wall and the near post whilst at the other end Davidson crossed to Charlton at the far post but he headed wide.
The home side thought they had netted the equaliser in the 72nd minute but the effort was ruled out by the offside flag.
However, just two minutes later Belper did level the scores when Harrison found the back of the net direct from a free kick 20 yards out.
and Wright both went close to regaining the lead but in the 82nd minute Ward drove in a free kick that stung the fingers of Ringstead who tipped the ball wide via the upright.
Two minutes into added time Blues caused panic in the Nailers box when Rob Stevenson’s low cross saw the keeper get a touch but he fumbled the ball and was relieved to see a defender hack clear.
Belper: Chapman, Pride, Wright, Stirrup, Colley, White, Harrison, Warne, Longstaff (Ward 66), Mallon (Ball 80), Rushbury (Marrison 66). Unused Subs: Leonard, Ratcliffe.
Leek: Ringstead, Sanders, Bell, Smith, Melling, Hall, Wright (Stevenson 88), Davidson, Haddrell (Grice 77), Charlton, Ruddock (Woolliscroft 87). Unused subs: Millar, Bridge.