Wasteful Nailers condemned to late draw
A late Carlton Town equaliser saw the Nailers condemned to a second consecutive home draw.
PHOTO: Belper couldn't hide their disappointment at conceding a late, late equaliser (Photo: Tim Harrison)
Carlton Town midfielder Edouard Schoenecker scored in the 94th minute of the game with a powerful header to break the hearts of the Nailers with practically the last kick of the game.
Belper were in the lead for 87 minutes before Schoenecker scored for his side. Alex Steadman was brought down inside of the box just 7 minutes in which forced the referee to point to the spot.
Jonathan Williams stepped up to take the spot kick before burying his strike into the top right of the goal, well out of the reach of Jack Steggles in the Carlton goal.
Carlton hadn’t lost in their last three games and despite being in the relegation zone they showed great fighting spirit after going behind.
The visitors first had an effort deflected into the side netting before Aaron Hooton’s looping header looking destined to curl into the top left but was prevented by an excellent save by Mark Rathbone to keep his side in the lead.
Then Carlton' keeper, Jack Steggles pulled off a great save to deny a goalbound effort from Alex Steadman to keep the Millers in the match
The Nailers were continuing to look strong when going forward however Carlton were looking dangerous so they would have known that they had to get a second goal in order to collect all three points when the final whistle comes.
But it looked as if it was never going to come as Belper began to waste an array of promising chances.
Evan Garnett uncharacteristically blew a huge chance for the Nailers after he was sent one on one by Jonathan Williams. Garnett went to take the shot on the half volley but he blasted it over the crossbar much to his frustration and the frustration of the fans.
Belper continued to bombard the Carlton goal with an array of set pieces that would turn out to be fruitless as the visitors somehow managed to hold out the attacks.
Alex Steadman also had a gilt-edged opportunity to grab the important second goal when he was on the end of another superb cross but he shot weakly and Steggles collected easily.
With 10 minutes to go Carlton began to find their way back into the game with a number of dangerous counter attacks that could easily have caused much more trouble.
This then lead to the attack that got the visitors their point as Schoenecker met a cross from the right to beat Mark Rathbone on what had been a very impressive performance for the shot stopper.
The Nailers will look to get back to winning ways when they face Alfreton Town in the Derbyshire Senior Cup on Tuesday at the Marston’s Stadium.