Heanor Town Reserves 2
Long Eaton United Reserves 1
On a bitingly cold day, Heanor gave debuts to Ross Cherry, Sean Thurman and Kial Gardner and went on to win their fourth successive match with a most entertaining display, writes Stan Wilton.
Attacking the Wilmot Street goal n the first half, a fine tenth -minute pass from Sean Gardner found Dean Robinson in space but he just couldn’t take the ball around the last defender.
He could, however, give the Lions the lead in the 26th minute.
Danny Bonsall went down the right on a breakaway and crossed perfectly for Robinson to supply a devastating touch into the top corner for his fourth goal in as many games.
Liam Barber put Robinson through early in the second half but Daykin pulled off a tremendous save in the Long Eaton goal.
It was Barber who extended the Heanor lead on 59 minutes with a delightful finish but Long Eaton pulled a goal back on 64 minutes through Jason Hallam’s cracking volley into the roof of the net from 20 yards.
Heanor had two chances in the final minutes to put the game beyond doubt but the visitors, as did the Lions, proved they had good defensive strengths and held out.
For Heanor, Robinson led the attack with great spirit while Jake Davis caught the eye with excllent play at the back.