Town rooted to foot of table after Belper loss

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Hucknall Town remain rooted to the bottom of the table after being comfortably beaten by Belper Town on Tuesday night.

A goal in each half from The Nailers was enough to see off the Yellows challenge but they could have easily lost by even more given Belper’s virtual domination of a one-sided match.

Hucknall ‘keeper Jason Fisher had to be on his toes right from the start as he punched clear and then managed to keep out Simon Harrison’s near-post shot, which bounced to safety.

But the Yellows nearly took a shock lead when Chris Baugh picked up Karl Colley’s headed clearance only to see his shot from 25 yards take a late deflection and scuttle away for an unproductive corner.

However, Belper continued to dominate and took the lead after 33 minutes following a trademark foray from Aaron Pride. His surging run out of defence lead to the ball landing at the feet of Jared Stephens, who turned sharply to lash an unstoppable shot just inside the far post.

Fisher than did well to tip over a dipping, swerving shot from Harrison as The Nailers maintained the pressure.

It was a similar story after the interval as Belper continued to dominate possession as Fisher made a sharp stop to save Shaun Tuton’s close-range header.

But The Nailers’ pressure finally paid off after 69 minutes when Tuton bulldozed his way through the heart of the Hucknall defence before slipping the ball past the advancing ‘keeper from 12 yards out leaving, Hucknall with no way back.