A case for the defence to answer

The Heanor Town management are concerned with the standard of defending this season with every one of the five goals conceded in their two opening games distinctly preventable.

Of more concern to the duo is the fact that the team’s general play in these two games seems to have been dropped below the standard both needed and expected. Indeed, Glenn Kirkwood intimated that the team seem to have been dragged down below their usual standards by the opposition.

However, of more importance, despite the scoreline last Saturday in the FA Cup at Radcliffe giving the impression that the game was much closer than it really way, was the win, which not only puts vital cash into the club’s coffers, but progress is rewarded with a home Preliminary Round tie against Eastern Counties League Premier Division side Boston Town on Saturday, September 3.

Boston’s progress was by way of a 4-2 win at Glossop North End. No mean feat in itself. And, of course, under their previous name of Boston FC, as well as under their current title, they are no strangers to the Town Ground.

But meetings in the FA Cup have been non existent. In fact, the only recorded meeting of Heanor Town with a Boston side in the FA Cup came in 1978/79 when Boston United won a Preliminary Round game 3-0 on the Town Ground.

Last Saturday was Heanor’s 177th in the FA Cup. Their first being a 7-1 home demolition of Long Eaton Midland back in 1889. And apart from last week’s game being the Lions 100th away win in the competition, Ash Grayson’s fourth minute opener was the 350th goal the club have scored in the FA Cup.

Heanor’s reserves gave a good account of themselves in their Central Midlands League opener at Mickleover Sports Reserves last Saturday against last season’s runners up. Indeed, the 1-1 draw knocked the Sports off the top of the table.

Mickleover had the better of the first half exchanges and Heanor were on top in the second period. Danny Scarle gave the Lions the lead in 61 minutes and for long periods they looked like bringing the three points home with them until Matt Nelson scrambled an 89th minute equaliser.

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Heanor’s team was: Scott Pickworth, Stephen Holdsworth, Adam Willitts, Danny Scarle, Carl Pare, Jonathan Archer, Nigel Haslem, Richard Searston, Danny Orme (Jason Furlong 88), Dan Storer, Richard Groves (Kevin Rowles). Substitutes not used: Matt Foster, Jamie Lees, Jake Watson.

On Saturday neither of the Heanor teams have a game, but on Bank Holiday Monday the first team will be visiting Borrowash Victoria for an East Midlands Counties League game kick off 3pm.

The Lions recorded a 3-1 win at Barrow Town in the league on Tuesday night thanks to goals from Graham Wells after eight minutes, Neil Grayson on 28 and a Nathan Benger penalty on 59.