Kirkwood full of praise for Heanor

Jordan Hall of Heanor Town
Jordan Hall of Heanor Town

Joint manager Glenn Kirkwood was full of praise for his Heanor Town players after last Saturday’s dramatic injury-time winner against Nostell Miners Welfare.

“We dominated the first half with some excellent football but the cutting edge was missing from our game in front of goal.

“If one of those early chances had gone in, I think we would have seen a different game. But Nostell did some homework at half-time and they came out a different side”.

“At 2-2, having pulled back twice, it would have been easy for both Craig and I, as well as the players, to have said take the point, but substitutions and changes were made to go on the attack and win the game and it worked. But we were delighted with the character the players showed in twice coming back from behind to give us the impetus to go for our third successive win.

The Heanor management are happy with the way things are going at the moment.

Kirkwood continued: “We are better now than we were at the start of the season. We will be better than now at Christmas, and better than ever at the end of the season. That is the kind of progress we hoped for.”

There is no doubt that the signing of skipper Ian Clarke, and midfielders Dwayne Wiley and Jordan Hall have had a big impact on the Lions over the last couple of months, and the management have hopes of bringing in a couple more quality players shortly.

Heanor are still a long way from recovering from what is an horrendous injury list, and of the nine players still sidelined there are hopes that Danny Fields, Stef Frost and Graham Wells will come back into the reckoning in December.

Richie Holmes should be fit for next week’s line-ups, having missed Saturday’s game through illness.

After last night’s League Cup game at home to Bridlington, the Lions have Glasshoughton Welfare as visitors on Saturday (3pm). Next Wednesday, Heanor host Clay Cross Town in the Second Round of the Derbyshire FA Senior Cup (7.45pm).

Meanwhile, the Reserves will visit Calverton Miners Welfare Reserves on Saturday (3pm).