HEANOR Town joint manager Glenn Kirkwood was disappointed with the team’s performance last Saturday at Barrow.
“Everybody was flat.” he said.
“I felt sorry for our supporters who had made the journey and paid good money to see the game.
“We need to improve for Saturday for what will be a very big game indeed at home to Bardon Hill.”
Heanor should have a full squad of players to chose from for the Bardon Hill game which kicks off at 3pm.
All 18 players are available now that Brett Peel and Jimmy Gee-Pemberton are back from holiday, and the squad could increase in size to 20 with the news that Ashley Grayson and Lee Naughton may return to training this week.
Last Saturday was the first time this season that Heanor have failed to score in a league game, but they remain top of the table due to the fact that both Gresley and Bardon Hill suffered home defeats and Borrowash Victoria were on Derbyshire Senior Cup duty at Gamesley.
Those results though have put Gedling Miners Welfare back in contention following their victory at Blackwell, and Heanor are due to visit Plains Road at the end of this month.
Top-of-the-table fixtures are set to come thick and fast over the course of the next couple of months and it will be a real test of the character of the squad during this time.
The Reserves suffered yet another home defeat last Saturday to Dronfield Town Reserves and were due to entertain Belper Town Reserves last night (Wednesday) in the second round of the Reserve League Cup.
They have a couple of new signings in their ranks and should be able to improve their showing in the remaining months of the season, particularly as they have a glut of home games to come, many of which will be taking place in midweek.
They do not have a game on Saturday, but next Wednesday evening, while the first team are visiting Holbrook Sports (7.45pm) in the third round of the East Midlands Counties League Cup, the Reserves will be entertaining Graham Street Prims Reserves (7.45pm) on the Town Ground in a Reserve Supreme Division game.