Heanor Town keep up pressure on leaders with 4-0 win over Retford United

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Heanor Town kept up the pressure at the top of the Northern Counties East League Premier Division with a convincing 4-0 with over Retford.

Town took a firm grip on the game and were 2-0 up after 11 minutes, a lead that they never showed signs of losing.

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The win leaves Heanor just two points off league leaders Tadcaster Albion.

Retford started well in the opening five minutes before Heanor started to take the game to the visitors.

And, on six minutes, Marc Strzyzewski rose to win the ball in the air before tapping home, despite the appeals from Retford for a foul on Tom Fuller.

On 11 minutes, Heanor’s lead was extended with a header past Fuller by the experienced Gary Ricketts, whose size caused problems for the United defence all afternoon.

Heanor Town 4-0 Retford United'Toolstation NCEL Premier Division'Saturday 11th October 2014'Adam Holdsworth in action for Retford United.''Jon Knight 07825 047766

Heanor Town 4-0 Retford United'Toolstation NCEL Premier Division'Saturday 11th October 2014'Adam Holdsworth in action for Retford United.''Jon Knight 07825 047766

Retford never gave up and Bobby Johnson played the ball for Jimmy Walker whose header was straight into the arms of ex-Retford Keeper Ian Deakin.

The third for Heanor came on 27 minutes, Ricketts again powering a header past Fuller as the ball was sent into the back post.

The game was paused before he could celebrate as the referee had to consult his assistant who had a raised flag, before the goal was allowed to stand.

Adam Holdsworth then tried to chip Deakin, but the ball was well over the bar.

Heanor Town 4-0 Retford United'Toolstation NCEL Premier Division'Saturday 11th October 2014'Danny Smith in action for Retford United.''Jon Knight 07825 047766

Heanor Town 4-0 Retford United'Toolstation NCEL Premier Division'Saturday 11th October 2014'Danny Smith in action for Retford United.''Jon Knight 07825 047766

Ricketts should have scored his hat-trick when his header was wide from close range, but he would only have to wait a few more minutes for that.

On the stroke of half time, Ricketts did get his hat-trick, as he rose high to nod the ball past Fuller and put Heanor into a unassailable lead.

United were lucky seconds later as Ricketts again was head and shoulders above the defence, but was off target with his header.

The second half saw an improvement from Retford as they introduced Ben Muirhead and Liam Gaughan.

Gaughan almost made an instant impact as he went close with a header.

Kieran Debrouwer forced a good save from Fuller to tip away for a corner, then Retford had to clear off the line as another Heanor attack went close.

Fuller was in action again as he saved low from Courey Grantham and Debrouwer was then unlucky as his shot came back off the post.

Sam Hutchinson was just offside as he tried to break into the Heanor box and Muirhead saw his corner punched clear by Deakin.

As the game entered the final stages, Danny Smith couldn’t quite find the run of Walker and Muirhead fired over the bar.

But the damage was done in the first half with Retford showing nothing in the final third to pull anything from the game.