Three first half goals secured a comfortable away victory for Kidsgrove this afternoon, as we beat Belper Town 3-1.
Goals from Oliver Jepson, Kyle Diskin, and Eric Graves were enough to ease off the home side, despite conceding early into the second half.
The first goal came after just 12 minutes, as Alex Lingard whipped the ball in from the corner, and Jepson rose to convert the ball into the back of the net.
There was a bit of confusion on who scored the goal, with Belper announcing it as a Dan Skelton goal. The midfielder walked back with a smile on his face, much to the dismay of Jepson, who made sure to tell us that it was in fact his goal.
Just five minutes later, it was two. Directly from the free-kick, Diskin stepped up from 25/30 yards and found the bottom corner. Kit-man Chiefy called it a ‘daisy-cutter’, but whatever it was, it was brilliant.
Before the end of the half, Grove made it three through former Belper captain, Graves. Some beautiful play inside the box saw Cropper tip the ball past the an outstretched keeper, and Graves was on hand to acrobatically finish on the volley.
Into the second half, and it was one to forget for Tim Sanders. In the 55th minute, after being played in by Rumineo from the half way line, the forward tried to chip the ball over the keeper, but saw his shot go narrowly wide.
Just eight minutes later, Belper got one back, through Will Dennis. The defender snuck in at the back post to fire past Dave Parton, injuring himself in the process.
Despite conceding, Kidsgrove did not lose confidence, and created multiple chances for themselves to get a fourth goal.
Kyle Diskin had a shot fire just past the far post from the right, and Sanders would miss an almost identical chance late in the game, as his chip went just wide of the post.
The win means nothing in terms of safety, which the Grove secured last weekend, but it does bring them up to 17th in the league table.
Updated 16:11 - 17 Jul 2018 by janet cooper