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Under 21s clinch first piece of silverware

6 months ago By David Laughlin

Belper Town U21s clinched their first piece of silverware with a 1-0 win over AFC Mansfield U21s in the NMDFL League Cup final.

The Nailers had to wait until three minutes from time to make the breakthrough which came through Sam Birks’ well-placed shot into the bottom corner of the net.

And the win was nothing less than the young Nailers deserved, according to U21s manager Wynne Garnett, in a season which may yet see more trophy success.

He said: “It’s really great for the players because last year was really hard for us but they’ve worked really hard and they’ve got their rewards.

“I thought the second half was probably our best performance of the season. Although it was only 1-0, we were much the better side in my opinion.

“Their keeper played a blinder and I think he was awarded man of the match at the end of the game. He did play very well and that was reflected in the score.

“We had so many chances to score that we couldn’t put away and then we scored three minutes from the end.

“We were so far on top we felt if we were patient we would get our chance and score - even if that meant going to added time, because of the amount of chasing they’d done.”

Garnett’s side now have the chance to make it a league and cup double if they can secure a point from one of their remaining two fixtures in the NMDFL South Division.

Belper should have faced AFC Mansfield again on Monday night, this time in the league, but the Nottinghamshire side pulled out of the fixture, citing player unavailability

The Team will finish their season at home to Borrowash Victoria on Friday night, kick off 4.45pm

“This season we’ve played so well the players deserved something, so I’m very pleased for them and it sets us up nicely for the week ahead,” said Garnett.

“Winning becomes a habit and the more you win the more confident you become and that started to show in the final on Thursday night. That will help us go into the league games with a bit more confidence.”

Article courtesy of Belper News

Updated 10:37 - 10 May 2017 by David Laughlin

Where next?

U21s game vs AFC Mansfield cancelled The U21s game against AFC Mansfield at Belper tonight has been cancelled
Double winners urged to continue development Belper Town's double winning Under 21s have been urged to continue their development by a former Football League club academy coach.

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Tue 28 Nov
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League 19:45
Thu 7 Dec
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Under 21s Heanor Town
League 19:45
Thu 14 Dec
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Under 21s Sandiacre Town
League 19:45

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