Heanor Town show defensive class in 0-0 Worksop Town draw

Worksop Town v Heanor Town'Northern Counties East League'Saturday 28th February 2015''Worksop Town's Conor Sellars & Heanor Town's Sean Gregory.''Pic by Dan Westwell

Worksop Town v Heanor Town'Northern Counties East League'Saturday 28th February 2015''Worksop Town's Conor Sellars & Heanor Town's Sean Gregory.''Pic by Dan Westwell

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Heanor Town showed all their defensive qualities as they battle to a 0-0 draw at free-scoring Worksop Town.

With the Nottinghamshire rivals scoring an incredible 91 goals so far this season it would always be a difficult task stopping their passing game.

Worksop Town v Heanor Town'Northern Counties East League'Saturday 28th February 2015''Worksop Town's Tom Elliott is denied by Heanor Town goalkeeper Ian Deakin.''Pic by Dan Westwell

Worksop Town v Heanor Town'Northern Counties East League'Saturday 28th February 2015''Worksop Town's Tom Elliott is denied by Heanor Town goalkeeper Ian Deakin.''Pic by Dan Westwell

It turned out to be a challenge The Lions faced with a great amount of composure and maturity.

Worksop started well with Elliott bringing out the best of Marc Strzyzewski after two minutes.

Heanor became gradually stronger throughout the game and they found their feet when Sam Jones went close with a double effort on nine minutes that gave hope. His first free-kick slammed into the wall, but his next effort beat Stewart in the goal but also the crossbar.

Jay Cooper, who had been man-of-the-match by a country mile last week, had been showing his desire to cause the Worksop defence problems and gave them a real fright 15 minutes in when he beat two men to play in Debrouwer who placed his effort wide.

Heanor had arguably their best chance to score on the half hour when Sam Liversidge cleared Nathan Benger’s header off the line.

Worksop then had their best, and only, chance on 38 minutes when Phil Roe saw his powerful effort superbly saved by Ian Deakin.

Connor Sellars, son of former Leeds, Blackburn, Newcastle and Bolton midfielder Scott Sellars, sliced a shot well wide of the goal on 56 minutes as his side attempted to dictate the tempo.

Matt Richards, a player working his way back to fitness, found himself replaced by Danny Booth on the hour mark.

Sam Jones was next to feel the wrath of the Worksop support when his 68th minute late challenge ended the match for Mitch Husbands, who suffered ligament damage in the incident.

On 76 minutes Kieran Debrouwer, making his 100th Heanor appearance, nearly broke Worksop hearts.

His turn and run at goal turned former Lion Ross Henshaw inside out, before an acrobatic save from Stewart stopped Debrouwer/

Ofosu, who has recently joined Worksop from EvoStick side Belper Town FC, nearly profited from a wayward pass in the Heanor midfield in the closing stages.

He collected the ball from Sellars and turned quickly, before firing his volley miles over the Heanor crossbar.