Two late goals condemned Daventry Town to their fourth consecutive Evo-Stik Northern Premier League defeat after losing to Belper Town in a match of little quality.
The Nailers new management team of Charlie Palmer and Lee Barrow made a winning start thanks to second half goals from Evan Garnett and substitute Isaac Minott in Saturday’s Division One South clash.
Daventry manager Darran Foster was forced into playing midfielder Joe Curtis higher up the field after it was confirmed that top scorer Nabil Shariff had returned to his old club Stamford AFC. Foster also included loan players Connor Kennedy and Elliott Bentley from Corby Town and centre back Dalton Bettles from Stamford in the starting line-up.
There were few chances of note in the first half for Daventry, winger Manny Soetan slammed a free-kick into the wall which raised vociferous claims for handball but referee Peter Sporne waved them away and there was very little else for the sparse travelling supporters to shout about.
It was Belper who created the best opportunities during the first 45 minutes, Kevin Hemagou and Garnett forcing keeper Ben Heath into making a number of saves. Heath had to come running out of his goal to kick clear from Hemagou as he charged down and he also had to palm away a thunderous shot from Garnett for a corner.
Daventry started the second half much stronger, an impressive series of passes ended with Rob Prenzel placing a header just wide of Belper keeper Danny Haysteads left hand post.
Joe Curtis made a timely tackle on Garnett as the striker cut through the Daventry defence looking to put a shot on goal early in the second half as the Nailers looked to make the breakthrough.
Minott forced Heath into turning the ball around the post for a corner before Belper went ahead in the 75th minute, Garnett shrugged off a defender and blasted his shot past a helpless keeper.
Foster responded by making a double substitution bringing on Fitzgerald and Deacon for Curtis and Creaney hoping to turn around his teams fortunes. But Belper doubled their lead in the 87th minute, Minott taking advantage when Daventry lost the ball in the middle of the field to stride forward and power an unstoppable shot past Heath.