Heanor Town boss Glen Clarence said his side’s 1-0 win over Westfields in the Midland Football League Premier was well deserved after a classic tale of two halves.
The Lions led at the break after Elliott Reeves tucked away a penalty on 34 minutes, sending the keeper the wrong way in Saturday’s match at The Town Ground.
But Clarence’s men had to dig deep to stop the visitors from levelling to earn the three points and their eighth win of the season so far, which sees them sixth in the table.
Clarence said: “I think there might be a few cliches because that was a game of two halves. Westfield probably overplayed in my opinion during the first half.
“Honestly, we should have been three or four goals clear at half time. We got the one penalty and we got chance after chance and they were guilt edged chances.
“We should have scored them.
“We came in at half time and we’d expected them to change the way they play because if they’d have played that way we would have rolled them over.
“They went 4-2-4 and completely direct.”
And added: “First half was free-flowing football and we pressed well. We should have had three or four. In the second half we had to defend for our lives; two banks of four and hit them on the break.
“Again, we should have scored two or three in the second half, with the chances we had. That probably wasn’t the best for the nutural; seeing us defend for our lives, but that’s what we did.
“We’re growing and growing. That’s another clean sheet and a well deserved clean sheet.
“Beating Westfields is a good achievement. That’s a great three points.”
Heanor will have an away trip to face a Chesterfield XI in the next round of the Derbyshire Senior Cup if they get past Borrowash Victoria at home on Tuesday night.
“We want to win every game we play in. We don’t want to talk about Chesterfield until we beat Borrowash Vics and that won’t be easy,” said Clarence.
“The attitude has to be right. Maybe a few changes, maybe not a few changes, but that won’t dilute the side because the squad is getting bigger and better.
“There’s a lot of quality on the bench right now. That’s not something we’ve always had. It’s all about beating Borrowash Vics and then where we go from that.
“Otherwise we won’t be going there, will we?
“They’ll be wanting to prove a point. We won’t be taking them lightly and we know they’ll be raising their game wanting our scalp.
“And of course they’ll be wanting to go to Chesterfield as well. We won’t be putting the under-16s in and showing them no respect.
“We want to win the Derbyshire Cup, not just go to Chesterfield, so we’ll be up for it.”