Dynamo Slip Up at Home
Belper Town took all three points from their away Evo-Stik League encounter with Loughborough Dynamo at the Nanpantan Sports Ground, being good value for their 3-1 win.
Dynamo were first to threaten when Louis Keenan and Karl Demidh combined to set up front man and captain Ash Hodgkinson for a shot, which went straight at Belper goalkeeper Daniel Roberts.
After six minutes a good move, involving Alex Steadman and Leandro Browne, saw the former draw a save from home goalkeeper Charlie Taylor.
Two minutes later Belper took the lead. A ball through on the Belper left was collected by Dylan Garnett, and the Belper number 11 placed his low shot past Taylor’s left hand.
The twelfth minute saw sloppy play by Dynamo allowed Garnett in again, and his low just eluded the oncoming Steadman. The next threat to the Dynamo goal was a result of confusion in the home defence, Dynamo centre back Jack Andrews header to the oncoming Taylor went over the goalkeeper’s head and, luckily for Dynamo, went wide of goal for a corner.
Dynamo came back into the match in the twenty-ninth minute. A fine tackle by Andrews in the Dynamo half set up an attack which resulted in Paolo Piliero being fouled in the Belper penalty area. Karl Demidh took the resultant spot kick and scored, putting the ball low past Roberts left hand.
Two minutes later a lovely crossfield pass by Carl Sibson set up a Dynamo attack from which Hodgkinson eventually volleyed over the Belper goal from an angle.
Dynamo had a lucky escape in the fortieth minute when a Belper corner skidded off Andrews head and hit another Dynamo player, turning the ball just wide of the home goal for another corner, which was cleared.
Dynamo were not so fortunate two minutes later when a good passing move down the Belper right saw Steadman receive the ball, hold off a challenge, and then hit a low right foot shot beyond Taylor to give Belper a 2-1 half time lead.
Five minutes after the restart a shot by Garnett was blocked by Taylor, bouncing away to safety. This was followed by Keenan coming in from the left and finding Tolani Omotola, who saw his shot go just wide of the Belper goal.
In the sixtieth minute a fine long range shot by Demidh saw Roberts save the ball but rebounding away, and only narrowly eluding the onrushing Hodgkinson. Luke Thorogood then saw his high free kick into the Belper area well held under pressure by Roberts. Garnett then again threatened the home goal, his low shot being well held by Taylor.
Belper secured all three points in the seventieth minute. A pass out by Taylor only went to a Belper player, and when the ball was played back into the Dynamo area Kieran O’Connell was on the end of it to fire past Taylor for Belper’s third goal.
Belper’s defence looked steady, and Dynamo threatened without bringing pressure on Roberts, and it was Belper who threatened to score another. Man of the Match Steadman was on the end of through ball and saw his shot hit Taylor’s left-hand post. Steadman then collected the rebound and put in another fierce shot. This was save by Taylor, the ball rebounding high into the air. Garnett was able to get onto this second rebound but saw his header go wide.
The eighty-fourth minute saw Dynamo substitute Luke Smithson, making his return following a knee injury, drive a low ball in from the touchline but eluding a Dynamo player in the Belper area.
Belper were able to see out the remaining time without any major threat to their goal, and were worthy of their 3-1 win.
Next up for Dynamo are two encounters with top five sides, travelling to Yorkshire to face Stocksbridge Park Steels on November 25th, before divisional newcomers Cleethorpes Town visit Loughborough on December 2nd.