Benger wins it for Lions

Two very evenly matched sides met at The Town Ground Saturday with Heanor Town looking to avenge the defeat suffered in the reverse fixture at Albion Sports just 11 days before.

Heanor welcomed Kieran Debrouwer back into the side in the place of Jared Holmes, who was unavailable due to a family wedding.

Albion Sports started the brightest, actually taking the lead in the 12th minute when Daniel Facey robbed Peel of the ball on the edge of the penalty area and rolled the ball past Frost. Peel should have dealt with the clearance quicker but, as the afternoon unfolded ,it was clear Facey is one of the most difficult opponents Heanor’s defence will have to try and contain this season.

It nearly became worse for an off-balance Heanor in the 22nd minute, Lee Elam curling a free kick towards the top corner but Frost’s safe hands tipped the ball wide to deny the former Southport, Exeter, and Crawley winger from doubling the visitors’ lead.

On 24 minutes, a tactical substitution was made. Williams replaced by Moran to enable Debrouwer to take his place in the forward line again.

It has to be said that Heanor’s equaliser was against the run of play. A corner delivered by Josh Raven in the 39th minute seemed to go through everyone’s legs to find Nick Hall eight yards from goal. The captain took a touch and drilled the ball through the goalkeeper’s legs.

As the teams returned to the field for the second half, both sides showed attacking instinct but also produced disciplined defensive displays.

Greg Simmons managed to beat a tight offside trap in the 60th minute, running onto a ball from Gerry Moran. Unfortunately, a heavy touch in the penalty area gave the goalkeeper chance to collect the ball.

Mark Frost made a match-winning save on 78 minutes. Facey managed to beat Peel and Blake to find himself one on one with Frost. The quick reactions of the veteran goalkeeper managed to beat the ball to safety.

The heroics at one end of the pitch were then matched in the 85th minute when goal machine Nathan Benger - who along with Chris Shaw was jointly the star Lion for his performance - collected the ball with his back to goal, flicked it into the air, spun and hit the ball into the top corner of the net to give Heanor the lead for the first time in this match.