Eastwood punished by United’s deadly finishing

Karl James gets a cross in for Eastwood against Belper.
Karl James gets a cross in for Eastwood against Belper.

Eastwood CFC are left still looking for their first league win of the season after a 5-1 defeat at Belper United on Saturday.

In the early stages of the game there was little action of any real note with both teams being limited to efforts from outside the area.

It took until the 16th minute for Belper to provide any genuine danger when Sam Vickers’ shot from outside the area was palmed away by Andy Fretwell. Belper pushed on and Jordan Ball lifted a lob of target.

Eastwood found their feet soon after, Jake Danby with a great effort from outside the area.

They posed a threat through long passes that threatened to catch Belper out and from one, Nick Hewer ran onto the ball and raced forward, however he skewed his shot and the keeper was on hand to pick the ball up.

The game then tipped into Belper’s favour once again, testing Fretwell with a long rage effort that he was able to get across to and tip away.

It was through a similar chance that Belper eventually found a breakthrough, Shaun Roulston allowed time to unleash a rocket that found the top corner.

Belper piled on the pressure afterwards and found another just five minutes later when Alfie Holland tucked in their second from inside the area.

Ball put a good chance wide just before half-time, but made it three early in the second-half when Ash Dindsa converted a square pass in the area.

Ball then netted from the spot to widen the gap even further, before Danby set up Jack Havron for Eastwood but he could only fire his effort wide.

Lewis Bentley was then denied by Belper’s keeper before Vickers found the net to put Belper five up.

Eastwood continued to show spirit and their struggles were rewarded in the 88th minute. It was Danby again with a clever ball into the box that pin-balled amongst Belper’s defence, Hewer was on hand to score no more than a consolation goal on a frustrating day.

There was a fair share in possession and chances, but Belper were the ones to make the most of theirs and continue their charge to the top of the table.