Oh well, an opening day trip to Newcastle Town proved fruitless as the Nailers were beaten 2-0 although that scoreline certainly doesn't tell the whole story. Belper took the field for the first league game of the 2011/12 season in their new kit at the Lyme Valley Stadium. They dominated the majority of the first half and had three great chances. Firstly, last seasons 30 goal striker Jon Froggatt somehow missed what looked like an open goal, then RWT saw his point blank header saved by the keepers face (!) then Frogba hit the crossbar from a free kick with the keeper beaten. A 0-0 half-time score left us feeling positive for the 2nd half. Things didn't turn out quite as planned as first Tommy Hannigan conceded a penalty and then a 2nd strike from the same player saw us lose for the 2nd season running on the opening day. To be honest a draw would have been a fair result on the day but Belper didn't take their chances in the first half and seemed devoid of ideas in the 2nd. Newcastle will be pleased with their first game of the season but it could have been so different had even one of those first half chances been put away.
The weather was kind even if the clouds looked threatening throughout the first half. During the 2nd half the sun came out but it didn't shine for Belper today. The people at Newcastle made us very welcome and the fruit cake at half time was fantastic, so I guess it was only fair that we let them have the points.
Tuesday nights opponents Brigg lost 0-3 at home to Loughborough Dynamo today so there will be a lot of pressure on both sides to record their first win of the season. Chances are that is a banker for a draw - watch this space for the outcome of that one.
The rest of the photos from the game can be seen here: