Heanor Town FC went into their fifth game in only 11 days when they hosted Maltby Main FC in a 1-1 draw on Tuesday night.
The Lions have been battling their way through a congested fixture list since the start of the month, continuing their fantastic unbeaten league run since the December 15 defeat to Basford.
However that run did come to an unexpected halt on Saturday when Staveley Miners Welfare came to town.
An out of character kick out by Jared Holmes in the 43rd minute gave Heanor a massive task, with no goals being scored by half-time. Heanor eventually succumbed to the energetic play of Staveley.
A goal scored by Kieran Debrouwer on Saturday was the 50th scored by the player this season, a remarkable achievement by anyone’s standards.
It is fair to say the team lacked the energy needed to see off Staveley on Saturday.
The sheer number of games to be fitted in have been causing Heanor problems.
Manager Glen Clarence was hopeful another face would be added to the squad but reiterated that it can sometimes take a while to get the player you need.
The supporters who travelled on Thursday to Retford for the league cup quarter final were treated to a footballing masterclass. After Nick Hall’s dismissal 19 minutes in Heanor, played the better football, showing the togetherness and desire to bring silverware to the club this season.
Goals from Debrouwer and Shaw wrapped up a 2-0 win, meaning the team Heanor had never beaten until March 1 this year have now been defeated twice in quick succession.
Heanor Town’s first team do not have a fixture this Saturday. However, the reserve team will host Radford FC reserves at 3pm and all Heanor supporters are encouraged to be at The Town Ground to help get another three points on the board for the young Lions.
The first team follow a blank weekend with a run of three home games in five days. Tuesday will see Nostell MW come to town, Worksop Parramore on Thursday and Saturday will see Liversedge visit.
All three are difficult fixtures, although they have beaten both Liversedge and Nostell definitively earlier in the season but it will be guaranteed that both sides have improved, especially with Liversedge signing Michael Bathurst from Garforth, the goalkeeper who had an excellent game against Heanor back in January.
The club wants to encourage all residents of the local area to come and support the team.
Attendances have gone up by 50 per cent this season.