CUP excitement is gripping Heanor Town who have been drawn away to npower League One side Chesterfield in the third round of the Derbyshire Senior Cup.
The Lions thrashed Borrowash Victoria 6-1 at home last Wednesday to win through to the third round in which they will now visit the B2net Stadium home of the Spireites. The likely date for the game is Tuesday, December 13.
It will be a big occasion for the Heanor players to play in the brand new ground, and whilst it will certainly not be Chesterfield’s first team, their side will undoubtedly contain more than a smattering of full-time professionals.
In the meantime the Lions have a big league encounter coming up this Saturday when Anstey Nomads are in town. The Leicestershire side are on a roll and last week’s 2-0 win over Holwell Sports extended their unbeaten run in all matches to 12.
The Lions will go into the game on a 14-game unbeaten league run following last week’s 2-1 win at Radcliffe Olympic which will add a great deal of spice to the encounter. The kick off at the Town Ground is 3pm.
Manager Glenn Kirkwood defended the quality of last week’s 2-1 win at Radcliffe, the first ever by a Heanor side there is a league game even going back to the teams’ Central Midlands League days.
“In the last four days the players have been superb”, Kirkwood said. “The lads worked so hard the previous Wednesday against Borrowash Victoria to bring off a splendid win in the Derbyshire Senior Cup and it took a lot out of them.
“Radcliffe just shaded the first half but the players dug in after the break and deserved their success.
“Everyone thinks the Senior Cup draw against Chesterfield is a brilliant draw for both the club and the town. People in Heanor ought to be buzzing about it and the success that has been brought to the town by the football club in the last few years.
“Whatever position Chesterfield might be in now they are the current League Two champions and that should be the spark which enthuses football lovers in our town.”
The draw also comes at just the right time for the management and playing staff.
There have been a number of changes to the playing personnel in the last month or so but the management feel that the squad of players is now the strongest they have ever assembled at the Town Ground.
In addition to the 16 players currently holding shirts there is Rockie White, Julian Capuano, Graham Wells, Mark Littlewood, James Whitehead (who has come out of retirement), George Walker (who is on the way back via the Reserves) and Phil Lowry (currently out on loan at Glapwell (2011) FC in the Central Midlands League.
And the club look well off for goalkeeping cover as well with Reserve team goalkeepers Sean Pickworth and Matthew Foster regularly involved with the first team.