The Greenbacks travelled to Belper on the back of a little run of form having won 2 out of their last 3 league games and drawing in the FA trophy before losing on penalties. Belper have had a good start to the season and have been sitting in the top 6 of the league for most of the time
Belper came out the traps like a steam train and forced Sam Lomax into a fine save within the first minute when the ball looked a certainty to end up in the top corner but Lomax had other ideas and using all of his height stretched out his right hand to tip the ball over. Belper didn’t let their foot off the gas and bombarded the Bedworth box with crosses winning numerous corners which they did not capitalise on. 5 minutes in the ref pointed to the spot after a through ball found the Belper striker who went one on one with Lomax which ended up with the keeper tripping the striker to give Belper the perfect opportunity to open the scoring . The penalty was well struck to Lomaxs right but again the keeper was equal and palmed the ball out for a corner to keep the scores level. For 10 minutes it was backs against the wall stuff for the visitors but they held firm and started to get a foothold then with 20 minutes played with Bedworth on the attack a quick break again sent a Belper player through Lomax was quick off his line and when he arrived at the ball the same time as the striker and a Bedworth defender unfortunately for the Bedworth man the ball bounced between all 3 and struck his hand. Having already received a yellow for the penalty incident the referee didn’t hesitate in giving a second yellow and sending Lomax off after a very eventful 20 minutes for him having pulled off a great save conceding and saving a penalty then getting sent off . Sam Walton came off the bench and volunteered to take on the gloves. His first action came straight away when he saved the freekick. Belper knowing that Walton wasn’t a keeper stepped up the pressure and were getting the ball into the box at every opportunity the Bedworth back line though were working hard and with a man down managed to prevent Belper from scoring until 5 minutes before the break when one of the balls into the box was headed past Walton.
Half Time Belper Town 1 Bedworth United 0
The first few minutes of the second half saw Bedworth on the attack but when Belper won a free kick on the edge of the box and scored their second 10 minutes into the second half it was always going to be a difficult 35 minutes for the boys in green Belper continued the bombardment of balls into the box and added 3 more to their tally before the visiting Bedworth supporters were put out of their misery by the referees whistle.
Full Time Belper Town 5 Bedworth United 0
|23rd October 2021
|Northern Premier League - Midlands 21-22
|23 Oct 2021