The excellent Bank Holiday sunny weather was a lovely back drop for good competitive game between teams looking to break each other down. In the end Teversal just had to much for their visitors came away with a comfortable 4-1 victory.
It was the host that had the better of the early possession, but it was Belper's Joshua Wright who had the first effort of any note, when he found some time and space on the edge of the 18-yard area to fire high and wide of the target.
On 20 minutes Teversal took the lead with an excellent break with a quick passing move down the right flank with the telling pass coming from Joel Smith who looked like he was going to have an effort himself but unselfishly played the inch perfect ball to Wilkinson to finish with aplomb to open the scoring.
Belper had a penalty claim turned down when Oliver turned Bartle, then thrown himself to the ground as the ball ran away from with the Teversal Boys clearing for a corner, with the striker counting himself lucky not to have received a yellow card for simulation. The resulting corner was cleared with Whitfield taking the ball down in the middle of the park before picking out Smith’s timely run in behind the visitor’s defence, but he fired his effort wide of the target.
The visitor’s efforts were kept to a minimum and was mainly set pieces, with the best of them seeing Walmsley deliver a free kick deep into Tevie penalty were Ben Rushby headed down to James Rushby who fired uncontrollably over the bar. Again, a penalty was lodged this time Ben Rushby for a handball, but again the Referee treated it with the contempt it deserved. It was Teversal who finished the half stronger with a quick and precise passing move down the left that saw Fullwood pick out his strike partner Wilkinson to fire over the bar from 18 yards.
The second period saw Belper playing a little more expansive game, but the host remained in control with a disciplined defensive performance and looking a threat when they went forward. The introduction of the Tevie subs maintaining the controlling nature of their play.
It was one of those Teversal substitutes Jonny Watkin he managed to ride numerous challenges to find the space to clinically finish from 12 yards out leaving Rathbone in the Belper goal with no chance of denying the host making it 2-0 on 66 minutes.
Belper came back at the host and Alberry needed to be alert to save cat the feet of Ridgard. But that was the only effort of note until the 80th minute, they did manage to half the deficit when a goalmouth scramble final saw the ball to Louis Anthony who seized to bundle the ball home to make it 2-1.
The Tevie Boys, took this in their stride and within a minute they regained their two-goal lead when Black delivered a cross that was beyond the Belper defenders to find Wilkinson, who calmly and clinically collected the ball to turn and finish to make it 3-1.
The scoring was completed two minutes in added on time when O’Donnell held the ball up before picking out Jonny Watkin who attacked the by-line before crossing into the six yard box to find Black to roll home and finish the scoring and giving Teversal a well-deserved 4-1 victory.
Next up for Teversal is a short trip to Debdale Park to face Sherwood Colliery on Monday 26th August 2019 with a 3:00pm kick off.
TEVERSAL; Rio Alberry, Liam Vardy, Jake Allen, Adam Colton, Aaron Pride, Ash Bartle (Ash Bonnar 75), Joel Smith, James Whitfield (Jordan Black 58), Danny Fullwood (Jonny Watkin 58), Danny O’Donnell, Matt Wilkinson. Unused Substitute; Sam Lavelle, Gareth Briggs.
BELPER UNITED; Mark Rathbone, Ben Rushby, Joss Walmsley, Ash Dhinsa (Tom Curtis 65), Louis Anthony, Dale Stewart, Joshua Wright, Sam Ridgard (Kyle Hudson 85), James Rushby, Dean Oliver, Ryan Baker (Sam Vickers 65). Unused Substitute; All used.
Referee:- Kieran Shaw Assistant Referees:- Gary Lacey, Tim Gregory. Att.; 58
Player Of The Match; Teversal; Adam Colton, Belper United; Ben Rushby.
Yellow Cards; Teversal; Aaron Pride, Joel Smith, Matt Wilkinson. Belper United; Dean Oliver.
Red Cards; Teversal; None, Belper United; None.