Heanor Town are on the up

Heanor Town V Barton Town Old Boys'Heanor, Derbyshire DE75 7EN'29th November 2014''Heanor Town's Gary Ricketts during the 2-1 defeat to Barton Town Old Boys.''Picture by Dan Westwell
Heanor Town V Barton Town Old Boys'Heanor, Derbyshire DE75 7EN'29th November 2014''Heanor Town's Gary Ricketts during the 2-1 defeat to Barton Town Old Boys.''Picture by Dan Westwell

Assistant manager James Baker has praised all those involved in Heanor’s ongoing progress.

Heanor ended the year in sixth spot in the NCEL and with a massive increase in attendances over the course of the season.

A total of 5,371 people have watched The Lions since the season opener at Albion Sports in August, a huge increase on the 4,467 in the same space of time in the 2013/14 season.

And the increase is despite the fact that Heanor have played four less games this season in the same time.

Said Baker: “Obviously we want to thank the chairman for his support, the players for their effort week in week out and the supporters that have travelled miles to see us play all over Yorkshire.

“We need to give credit to the team of volunteers that work tirelessly to fill roles that professional clubs pay full time wages for.”

Confidence is understandably high at the club as Heanor look to build during 2015, with the FA Vase offering an ideal platfofm for progress.

“The league isn’t in our hands at the minute, with a lot of good clubs above us we have to remain professional and take as many points as is possible and control what we can,” added Baker.

“We want to get as far in the Vase as we can. It’s a national competition and the final is at Wembley.

“I’m sure every footballer wants to appear at Wembley at least once in their career and for us it is a real chance.

“The draw has done us no favours so far and we’ve come through extra-time a few times to be where we are. We’re fuelled by the disappointment of last season so let’s see how far we get.”

With the Staveley fixture, due to be played at The Town Ground, being postponed not only did the disappointment of a blank Saturday hit the club but it was also the final Saturday that commercial manager Ian Duffield was due to be involved with the club.

Heanor Press Officer Tony Squires praised Duffield, saying: “Duff is one of the few still involved at Heanor Town FC that had worked before the club changed hands last summer, I don’t remember him missing a Saturday for anything.

“The sponsorship he managed to get in for the club over the last year has been incredible, he’s done a great job and he’s an example to the team of volunteers at the club”.

The Lions face a challenge this coming weekend at Staveley Miners Welfare FC.

The home side have won all of their last ten games and, with Heanor falling to a 3-0 defeat at league leaders Tadcaster 10 days ago, Town have a point to prove.