East Midlands Counties League
Heanor Town 4
Holwell Sports 1
HEANOR Town recorded a comfortable first home league win of the season, but only after a few choice words had put them straight at half time.
The Lions had put in another disappointing performance in the first half although they had to contend with a stiff head wind.
Heanor had to do some careful defending in the first half as Holwell, with an unbeaten away record so far this season, played some delightful football and continually forced the Lions to defend in depth in a first half where they had the advantage of a considerable breeze.
Nico Degirolamo hooked a Jay Kirkby shot off the line nine minutes in with Mark Frost beaten and a goal looking very likely.
A Nathan Benger free kick brought Alex Brown to his knees nine minutes later but it was rare respite from the visitors free attacking form.
And Frost saved brilliant from Kirkby with his knees when the visiting striker broke free again on 20 minutes. Two minutes later Kirkby’s shot hit an upright with Frost beaten as Heanor found defending in the wind difficult to say the least.
Frost saved his side again, this time at the expense of a corner which Michael Stevenson got free on 28 minutes, and when Kirkby and Ben Smedley combined eight minutes later, the latter shot wastefully wide.
Brown saved a Danny Williams shot after he made a smart left sided run, and then an overhead kick from Nathan Benger brought the visiting custodian into action again just before the break.
Heanor, now with the advantage of the breeze which seemed to have dropped considerably, were ahead within two minutes of the restart when NICO DEGIROLAMO headed home a corner for his first goal for the club.
Four minutes later Dan Williams provided the perfect chipped cross for NATHAN BENGER to race in and volley home.
All Holwell’s hard work in the first half had been undone by two Heanor goals in four minutes.
An excellent run by substitute Jason Foster, who had replaced the injured Ash Grayson at half-time, almost saw him add a third, but he was blocked off on the edge of the penalty area.
Holwell continued to match Heanor’s lovely football, but the visitors went further behind when GRAHAM WELLS rattled home a 30-yard thunderbolt on 64 minutes, only to be matched almost from the restart by MICHAEL STEVENSON’s equally splendid effort from a similar distance which went in off an upright.
Holwell threatened again on 73 minutes and Phil Austin hooked a Kirkby shot off the line in a hectin goalmouth tussel, but a minute later, substitute DAVE MOON, getting only his second piece of action of the season, thumped home a beautiful 20-yard shot after Nathan Benger had chested down a Foster cross.
Both Benger and Moon shot wide in the later stages, but Holwell continued to play good football until they came up against a more solid Heanor defence now.
A special cheer was saved for Craig Hopkins appearance as an 83rd minute substitute, and the joint manager almost got on the scoresheet with a curling cross which bounced just wide.
Heanor Town: Mark Frost, Lee Stevenson, Phil Austin, Ryan Cancellara, Brett Peel, Nico Degirolamo, Jimmy Gee-Pemberton, Ash Grayson (Jason Foster 45), Nathan Benger, Dan Williams (Dave Moon 68), Graham Wells (Craig Hopkins 83). Substitutes not used – Danny O’Donnell, Glenn Kirkwood.
Holwell Sports: Alex Brown, Kieran Foster, Stan Wallace, Anthony Snelgrove, Kyle Waddell, Dominic Hallows, Chris Hibbit, Fred Stannard (Ryan Plummer 86), Jay Kirkby, Ben Smedley (Harry Stannard 86), Michael Stevenson. Substitutes not used – Joe Hanlon, Stuart Rose, Jack Baker.
Referee: Mark Pursglove of South Normanton
Yellow card: Anthony Snelgrove (Holwell) 41 minutes (foul)
Goals: Heanor – Nico Degirolamo (47 minutes), Nathan Benger (51 minutes), Graham Wells (64 minutes), Dave Moon (74 minutes)
Holwell – Michael Stevenson (65 minutes).
Star Lion: Nico Degirolamo