Shepshed Dynamo 0 Belper Town 6
Anybody leaving the Dovecote at halftime would probably not believe the fnal score line. After an even first half Belper completely out played the young Shepshed side.
Shepshed started brightly with Mulonga finding lots of space on the right wing, but unable to get in a telling cross. Maddison fired a free kick from 35 yards just wide, in the next minute an incident occurred that just about summed up Shepshed s season, when O’Connor lobbed the giant Aaron Chapman (Who wouldn’t look out of place on a basketball court) only for the ball to bounce unbelievably high and just clip the top of the bar.
In Belpers first real attack hesitant defending by Sturgess allowed Rushbury to stab the ball home from 6 yards. Ten minutes later a poor back-pass from Maddison lead to a brave clearing header from Sturgess with Froggitt on his shoulder. Belpers muscular centre forward Ashley Longstaff became the first name in the referee’s note book for a foul on the halfway line. Shortly afterwards from a Shepshed corner goal keeper Chapman was lucky when he dropped the ball but no Shepshed player could react quickly enough. In the final minute of the half a free kick by Simpkins found Longstaff who headed straight at Martin.
Half time Shepshed 0 Belper 1
It did not take long for Belper to double their lead when five minutes in to the second half Longstaff held of the challenge of Hore and finished smartly. In the fifty fifth minute the hard working Chaplin twisted and turned in the box but shot straight at the keeper. Longstaff scored his second goal after an hour when after a cross from Adam he had time to shoot passed Martins left hand. Belper were now completely dominating the game and Froggitt shot wildly over when well placed. Just two minutes later saw a good run and cross from Belpers inspirational captain Steve Warne thrashed passed his own keeper by the unfortunate Jacob Sturgess. Number five came in the seventy fifth minute, a cross from Cotton lead to a scramble in the goal mouth with substitute Jordan Turner tapping in to an empty net. Just sixty seconds later and it was six nil when Cotton scored at the far post from another Simpkin cross. After a flurry of substitutions a free kick from Rushbury was just wide. The last ten minutes passed relatively quietly apart from a ridiculous challenge from Turner on James Martin which ended in a yellow card when it could have easily have been red. Despite the score Shepshed never gave up as Belper continued their amazing run in to the play-offs.
Shepshed Team. J Martin, Sturgess, Z Jenkins, Maddison, (Krasniqi) Brewer, Hore, Mulonga, (Spencer) S Martin, (Wilson) Chaplin, O’Connor, Simmonds.
Subs not used. White & J Jenkins