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Hancock shines as Dronfield beaten in cup – but Milly pleased with performance

It’s been a tough – but memorable – week for Dronfield Town, competing in three Cup Competitions against three sides from Divisions higher in the League pyramid system -Staveley Miners Welfare, Walsall Wood and last night, Belper Town.

Dronfield Manager, Chris Millington had expected another difficult evening in their Derbyshire Senior Cup Second Round tie away against Belper Town at Christchurch Meadows. Against the Northern Premier League Division One East side they went down 6-0. However, his young side – with a few of Town’s Under-19’s involved – were not disgraced as late home goals gave the scoreline a harsh look, writes Colin Muncie.

The Nailers were two up at the break in front of a crowd of 124, but two late Kai Hancock goals completed a hat trick for the former Athersley man (41, 90 and 90 minutes) and sealed the home win.

Chris wasn’t too despondent when he spoke to TBG. “It was a tough night against a good Belper Town team. We asked the lads to try and keep it tight for the first twenty minutes, with the view that we would then grow into the game. We did this – but when we had the opportunity to play, we turned the ball over cheaply, which was a little disappointing.”

“In the second half we seemed to get on the ball a bit more; but we tired, and Belper added three goals in the last 10 minutes,” Chris told TBG, as he paid a gracious tribute to the home side. “I am happy with the lads’ effort as a whole, and we look forward to getting back to League action on Saturday after three really tough Cup games.”

“Credit to Belper – they were great hosts and we wish them all the best for the rest of the Competition.”

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