Nailers closing in on new signings as they look to push on in 2013
BELPER Town are closing in on two new signings in a bid to aid their Evo-Stik League First Division South promotion push.
The Nailers are currently sixth in the table, just outside the play-off spots.
Manager Peter Duffield has revealed he expects to recruit a defender and a wide player in the next couple of weeks.
"The squad is coming along nicely but we're getting to that time of season where we need to crack on," said Duffield.
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"We're hoping to bring a couple of new players in. They will have to force their way into the team because we are a on a decent run at the moment, which they understand."
Belper start 2013 with a home match against local rivals Mickleover Sports today (3pm).
Sports lie third from bottom of the table and are aiming to revive their fortunes under new temporary manager Charlie Palmer following the departure of previous boss Dick Pratley.
Duffield believes that league positions will count for little at Christchurch Meadow.
"It is a local derby and anything can happen," he said.
"The league suggests we have more ability than them but that is not necessarily the case.
"Local derbies often come down to desire and who wants it more.
"We know that on their day, they can be a match for anybody. Where they are in the league is irrelevant.
"We should approach the game the same way as we always do."
Belper striker Shaun Tuton will miss the game due to suspension after collecting five bookings before the turn of the year.
Midfielder Richard Adams is available again after completing his three-match ban.
Mickleover goalkeeper Tom Gutteridge is a doubt due to illness, while Tom Land is unavailable.
Belper midfielder Eric Graves is set to face his former club.
"He was a good servant to Mickleover and he is a good, enthusiastic player," said Palmer.
"We know what to expect from him and he will probably try that little bit harder than normal as he is up against his old club but he is only one man and we have 10 others out there on the field that we have to deal with."