Key chances go begging

The Lions’ first-ever visit to Middle Lane turned into one of those sort of games that it was a treat to miss.

On a playing surface that deserved better fare than either side produced, the Lions made their first goalless draw for almost three seasons.

And few present would disagree that it was not just a fair result, but summed up the proceedings precisely.

With the injury and illness bugs clearing up a little, the Lions made a number of changes from the side which brought a point back from Pickering last Monday.

Danny Fields, Dwayne Wiley, Josh Thomas, Jason Foster and player/manager Jordan Hall all returned, but the visitors were hampered as early as the fourth minute when they lost leading scorer Stef Frost with an ankle injury, resulting in Derrick Miller seeing more of the game than had originally been intended.

Indeed, this was the handicap which could well have been the major reason why the Lions didn’t pick up their ninth away victory of the season, because they had no one to apply that finishing touch.

For more than a month now, Heanor have been stuck on 999. No. Not the Emergency Service, but the number of league victories than have recorded since the club was reformed after the Second World War.

And for a team which went through the entire first half of the season without a league draw, they have now managed to share the points in their last two games – all of which is continuing to improve an already impressive away record.

As for the game itself, little in the form of anything positive will remain for long in the memory.

Graham Marchant brought an early save out of Oliver Pannell while at the other end Jamie Ord booted a Josh Thomas pass aimed for skipper Nico DeGirolamo about as high into the air as it was possible to kick a football.

Lee Stevenson drove forward and crashed an impressive 30-yard shot against the crossbar, about as close as anyone came all afternoon.