NORTH Notts II put out a young side made up of six players aged under 19 as they were narrowly beaten 3-2 by Leicester II.
Leicester started the livelier of the twosides, but two poached goals agains the run of play, after a lot of hard work from Dan Wright, gave Notts a suprise 2-0 lead at the half-time break.
The second half was a much more even contest in terms of play, but it was Leicester who took their chances best to score all three goals and clinch victory.
The first was a very weak goal to concede after a weak and very hopeful pass across the Notts goal was allowed to travel too far and somehow also eluded the keeper.
That gave the visitors the confidence to push on and they were soon level from a short corner.
At that point a more experienced North Notts side may have closed the game out.
But with only a minute left to go a succession of opportunities to hold onto the ball deep in Leicester territory were not used and the quick midfield and forwards of Leicester punished North Notts by scoring the winning goal.
The young North Notts side should take heart from this very spirited display, and gain experience from the disappointment of not taking at least a point from a game that they really deserved.
North Notts 4ths 3, Belper 5ths 2
Notts got off to a good start by managing to field 12 players, something that has not happened every week at this end of the club.
Belper unfortunately went ahead early but this did not deter Notts who played hard taking more possession of the ball than Belper, making good chances but the ball would not find the back of Belper’s net in the first half.
However after a good team talk at half time Notts came out determined and Simeon Janickyj scored 10 minutes into the second half. Belper replied with a second goad from a short corner. Notts not wanting to take their first defeat of the season equalised from a short corner with Ady Singleton putting the ball into the back of Belper’s net, then with only 4 minutes of the game left Sam Till scored the wining goal from a good run down the pitch by James Bainbridge who had a very good game.
A well played game from a strong Notts team fielding new players, with good play all round leaving them clear at the top of the league.