Heanor’s character shines through

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A NUMBER of new faces were in the Town Ground crowd last Saturday having heard how well the team were playing.

Unfortunately, it was one of those days when the Lions gave a disappointing showing – probably their worst of the season.

However late, however fortunate, there is much to be said for the character of the team in winning when not playing well.

And on the Town Ground playing surface, probably the best in the league at the moment, everyone will come with intentions of stopping the league leaders from playing their normal game.

Also out of character was the number of disciplinary cards received. However, poorly it may be considered the referee performed, six bookings and a sending off are not in the best interests of the club and will undoubtedly cost them a hefty fine.

From a team which won the league’s Fair Play Award last season, there seems to be a more aggressive outlook, although as previously penned, the standard of officiating in the East Midlands Counties League this season appears to have deteriorated to an all time low.

Joint Lions manager Glenn Kirkwood said of last Saturday’s game: “It was disappointing to get so many cautions. Ibstock came to stop us playing and they succeeded. We were tired and jaded as a team and will need the week off to recover”.

Heanor have no midweek game this week and it will give the management the opportunity to get some players in to bolster the squad. The departures of Dave Moon, Jimmy Gee-Pemberton, Lee Askham, Danny O’Donnell, and Richard Guest amongst others have left the squad looking pretty thin.

Attempts to bring in Karl Demidh from Bardon Hill failed when the player opted to join Northern Premier League Coalville Town, but the management have other names in mind and will be trying desperately to get new names in this week.

“We have to accept that we are going to have the odd blip through the season”, said Kirkwood. “We are very happy with the way things are going and everyone in the league would like to swap places with us at the moment”.

Blackwell Miners Welfare’s success in the FA Vase last weekend will see the Lions game there on the 19th November put back. Instead, Heanor will visit Radcliffe Olympic on this date.

On Saturday the first team take a break from league games when Holwell Sports will be visiting the Town Ground for the second time this season (3pm), this time in the second round of the League Cup. Their League visit in September ended in a 4-1 for the Lions.

Heanor Town Reserves will have a change of fixture on Saturday, now visiting Dunkirk Reserves (3pm) instead of Teversal Reserves.