Heanor bosses add experience to squad

The Heanor Town management were delighted with the performance which saw them through to the last eight of the East Midland Counties League Cup.

Heanor passing throughout the game was a joy to watch. “We passed the ball just like we do in training”, said joint manager Glenn Kirkwood.

“We used the game to look at a couple of different things, and we now know that we are capable of doing things a different way if we have to.

“How we failed to score in the first half will long remain a mystery but in the end Holwell were happy to keep the score down. It could have been much more.”

Two players have joined the Lions this week. Rockie White (34), who played at the Town Ground a couple of seasons back, has come on board to add a bit of experience to what is a very young squad. Rockie has been around the local scene for many years and will look at coming back to Heanor as a challenge with a big job to do. He is, of course, capable of doing it.

Julian Capuano (32) is the second signing. A player with massive experience. Jullian began his career at Hull City and had a long spell with Brigg Town before later playing for Belper Town and Eastwood Town amongst others.

The Heanor management expressed their delight for Nathan Benger who bagged his first goals in four games against Holwell Sports, and co-striker Jake Vernon who Kirkwood described as ‘Outstanding’.

Certainly Jake Vernon has come a long way since his first game for the club at the start of the season. His incredible jump from trying to win a permanent place in the team to one of the most feared strikers in the league has been as quick as it has dramatic.

Sean Pickworth was included as part of the first team squad last Saturday and the Reserve Team goalkeeper was keen to express his pleasure at the chance. He enjoyed the experience and spoke enthusiastically of the spirit within the club, and in particular the reserves.

George Walker had his second run-out with the Reserves at Dunkirk last Saturday but according to onlookers appeared to be far from fit. However, much praise should be given to George and one hopes that his enthusiasm and effort will eventually pay off for him.

Perhaps the league table is not one to be too concerned with at this moment in time, but the Heanor management are already looking at what sort of points total will be required to win the title.

Mr Kirkwood quoted that when Kirby Muxloe won the championship they dropped 27 points from 34 games. In the last two seasons first Dunkirk and last year Gresley dropped only 24 points from 38 games.

With 36 games to be played this season the Heanor management feel that these are the guidelines to be followed to bring success to the club and the town.