Keeper to face old foe

First published in Sport

ACCRINGTON Stanley loanee Cameron Belford will today come face to face with Chesterfield, two years after being punched by a Spireites fan during a match.

The goalkeeper joined Stanley on an emergency loan deal from Bury in time for Saturday’s match at Rotherham United, but could do little to prevent the Reds slipping to a 4-1 defeat.

And the 24-year-old’s second game for Accrington will be against a club he does not have particularly fond memories of.

Belford was playing for Bury at Chesterfield on Easter Monday during the 2010/11 season, with the Spireites already celebrating promotion from League Two and his own club aiming to join them in the third tier.

Bury won the game 3-2 to seal promotion but, when Chesterfield equalised during the match, fans ran on to the pitch to taunt Belford and one aimed a punch at the keeper. A number of supporters received stadium bans as a result of the incident.

Belford’s Football League debut came three years earlier as a substitute for Bury in their infamous 2-0 win at Stanley, when five players were later found guilty of betting on the game.

Now he will appear at the Crown Ground in a Stanley shirt, with his seven-day loan expiring after the game.

“The kid did smashing on Saturday, he certainly didn’t deserve to be on the end of a 4-1 defeat,” said Richardson, who is hoping to bring in a keeper on a longer term basis later this week.

“The goalkeeping situation is another problem I’ve had to deal with in December. Come January 2 hopefully that’s another problem I can cross off the list.”

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