Heanor Town have left themselves with a lot to do after last Saturday’s defeat at Thurnby.
Jake Vernon is still injured and struggling to make this Saturday’s game with neighbours Blackwell MW at the Town Ground (3pm), and leading scorer Nathan Benger could well be missing as well following the tackle which put him out of the game last week at Thurnby.
He had an x-ray on Monday to ensure there were no broken bones, but with the possibility of both the first choice strikers missing it could be a tough call for the Lions.
Josh Royce will be available again. He missed last Saturday’s game through being in Glasgow as part of his work studies, and Carl Slater, who missed last week’s game through a car accident, should also be available.
Lee Easom, a 25-year-old striker signed on loan from Central Midlands League side Ollerton Town for last week’s game, will not be available. He played for the Lions last week because Ollerton did not have a game, and in the end the Heanor management were very pleased he was available because he had to be thrust into immediate action with Carl Slater’s accident.
Joint manager Glenn Kirkwood was downbeat over the Thurnby defeat but he praised the part Easom played in the game. “I thought Nico Degirolamo was outstanding at the back for us and Keiran Debrouwer showed good character on his return to the team”, he said.
“If people knew the number of telephone calls Craig Hopkins and I have made over the last week or so to try to get some players in they would be amazed”, he continued.
“We will not rest though. The side needs strengthening and we need more cover. We have a difficult run in to the end of the season but we are by no means out of the title race yet.”
“Both Oadby and Borrowash have to visit the Town Ground as well as having to play each other and there could still be a few twists and turns as the season runs to its conclusion.”
All teams have a blip during the course of the season and Heanor supporters will be hoping that the Lions have had theirs and their rivals have theirs still to come. Heanor Town Reserves suffered another heavy defeat in their home game against Dinnington Town Reserves and also had two players sent off.
Supporters are right to wonder how much longer this will be allowed to continue. There isn’t a player in the Reserves who has made a first team appearance this season, or even likely to, and the value of this team to the club has, for the last two seasons, been a white elephant and a waste of money.
The club management had hoped that the Reserve team would be used to bring on young local talent. But it has not been the case.
However, with a number of first team players currently out on loan to Central Midlands League clubs one also has to wonder why they have not been kept under the Town Ground umbrella and used in the Reserve Team to get some football under their belts.
It would indeed have strengthened the Reserves and given the youngsters currently in the team some help and support.