Busy month lies ahead

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Heanor Town Reserves recovered from a 2-1 defeat away to Retford United Reserves last Thursday with a fine win over Radford Reserves on Saturday (see report on this page), writes Stan Wilton.

The Retford match marked the 50th reserve team appearance of Andreas Kokkinou and the Radford game the 50th for manager David Barber’s son Liam.

The Radford game in particular showed that although results have been mixed this season, there are a number of players who are showing the potential to become first team material for the future.

The policy of bringing on young local players and giving them excellent coaching and facilities is starting to pay dividends with some of the under 19s team players having already had valuable experience with the reserves and a number of the reserves having been brought into the first team fold.

The reserves have six games to play during April to complete their season:-

Saturday 5 – Staveley MW Reserves (away) - note 1pm kick off

Wednesday 9 – Holbrook Sports Reserves (Away) 7.45pm

Saturday 12 – Rainworth MW Reserves (home) 3pm

Tuesday 15 – Matlock Town Reserves (away) 7.45pm

Wednesday 22 – Calverton MW Reserves (Home) 7.45pm

Saturday 26 – Dronfield Town Reserves (Home) 3pm.

With Rainworth Miners Welfare Reserves and Dronfield Town Reserves locked in a very tight finish for the Reserve Supreme Division title, Heanor’s Reserves can have a big say in the destination of it as both clubs have to visit the Town Ground.