Three goals in the final 20 minutes ensured it was a good start to the new year for Stamford Bels who beat Oakham United Reserves 3-0 in Saturday’s Peterborough League Division One derby.
Bels started strongly by dominating the play against the wind and creating many chances but they were unable to break through.
Going in at half-time with the score goalless, Oakham would have been the happier of the two sides.
The second half was more of the same with Bels completely dominating the play as Oakham stood strong with 11 men behind the ball for most of the half.
But Bels were persistent and the breakthrough came when substitute Rhys Ford was fouled 30 yards out. Rhys Gilson stepped up to take the free-kick and hit it into the roof of the net.
The floodgates then opened for Bels as a weaving Matt Leeton run found Gilson on the edge of the area and he saw off two Oakham defenders to put Bels 2-0 ahead with a smart finish into the top left-hand corner.
The scoring was concluded when the two substitutes combined, Ford slotting in Leeton whose calm finish wrapped up the game at 3-0.
Bels: Winters, Sculthorpe, Slack, Mason, Morley, Toomey, Atkinson, Cramp, Gilson, Archer, O’Donnell. Subs: Leeton, Ford, Westley, McDonald, Greenwood.