A STUNNING hat-trick from Dave Swarbrick and a tremendous all-round performance from the Dolly Blues won them their first silverware for ten years on Tuesday night.
A late penalty handed Belper a notch on the score-line that was barely deserved as they were easily kept at bay by a sterling defensive performance and were brutally punished by Swarbrick.
City boss Tony Hesketh was proud of the effort his players made and disappointed by the opposition.
He said: “Belper were poor and I expected more of them, but our pace caused them troubles all night and Alex Kenyon was tremendous in the middle, he covered every blade of glass and must have won a thousand headers.”
Swarbrick fired City into the lead in some style just after the half hour mark. He broke free into the Belper half; beat Lee Thompson with a neat touch before curling a 25 yard effort into the top right corner.
Hesketh said, “It was a great finish, I thought he had taken it too early, he was one-on-one with a defender and could have beaten him but he has just curled it into the top corner.”
Chances were few and far between in an understandably nervy half; Danny Hattersley had a half-chance to connect with a deep Mike Rushton cross but sent his header over the bar.
Jon Froggatt is a big bustling centre-forward and he made a nuisance of himself throughout, he had one header easily saved by Martin Fearon just before the break.
Inside the second-half and before Swarbrick could round off his hat-trick Max Rothwell hit a shot over the bar before Belper centre-half Matt Plant found himself free in the box but guided his header straight at Fearon.
A rare header grabbed Swarbrick his second after Rob Henry whipped a dangerous cross in from the right which he met with a well-timed run and diving header.
He could and probably should have converted a gifted chance as Barcherini in the Belper net bizarrely rolled the ball to him in the box, he couldn’t beat him then but did with ease moments later after picking the ball up just inside the box, jinking past his marker with ease and slotting the ball into the bottom corner.
There was even time for a fourth chance as Alex Johnson did well down the right and crossed to an unmarked Swarbrick who lost control of his feet and senses and missed the ball.
It was a sound performance against a team who offered little, Froggatt looked mildly dangerous while Daryll Thomas was quick enough of feet to beat Neil Marshall to win the late penalty but did little else.
Belper Town: Barcherini, Thompson, Weir (Barnard 45), Darker, Plant, Adams, Thorpe, Smith (Fedorenko 62), Froggatt, Thomas, Simmons (Wiggins-Thomas 62)
Subs not used: Rushbury, Carney
Lancaster City: Fearon 8, Henry 8 (Wilson S 85), Nightingale 7, Duggan 8, Marshall 7, Kenyon 9, Rushton 7, Rothwell 7, McKenna 7 (Hall 72), Swarbrick 9, Hattersley 7 (Johnson 76)
Subs not used: Wilson R, Rogerson
Referee: Gary Stott
STARMAN Alex Kenyon Ran his socks off and won countless headers, just pipped Swarbrick to the honour