Lacklustre Heanor Town are beaten by Westfields

Heanor Town's Joe Naylor

Heanor Town's Joe Naylor

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Lacklustre Heanor Town were beaten 3-1 by Westfields following a below-par performance.

In a game where three things are key, it was the visitors Westfields FC that took Heanor to task.

Heanor Town's Jay Cooper.

Heanor Town's Jay Cooper.

Heart, determination and ultimately the ability to put the ball in the back of the net were the three ingredients needed to win this tie.

Westfields had them in abundance, while Heanor failed to show them for the second week running.

Heanor started with three of the in-form reserve team in the starting line-up, midfielders Alex Brown and Jack Warner and forward Chris Gilson.

Nathan Benger, Chris Shaw and Andre Johnson took their place on the bench alongside Mark Smith and Mark Frost.

The Lions did take the lead as early as the fourth minute when Nick Halls headed home.

Kieran Debrouwer came close to doubling that lead on 12 and 20 minutes.

Westfield had a dangerous looking forward in Ekene Amadi and he should have brought the score level on the 30 minutes when well placed.

It was in the first-half stoppage time when Westfields deservedly drew level through Amadi.

A swift half time substitution saw Benger replace Debrouwer due to a foot injury.

Jay Cooper, a player who has become important for The Lions this season, saw his only real attacking threat come and go on 49 minutes after a great save from Jon Pugh tipped the ball over the bar.

Westfield took the lead on 53 minutes when James Staunston flicked home a cross from Tom Bednall.

Chris Gilson stabbed the ball wide of the target on 57 minutes, in his last action as both Gilson and Brown were replaced by the more experienced Andre Johnson and Chris Shaw on the hour.

Westfields set their shape to frustrate Heanor, and that they did to great success.

Leaving Amadi as the lone, forward the visitors set up to give The Lions no space to create any real attack.

Amadi should have scored Westfields third goal on 85 minutes when he crashed a shot against the bar when through on goal.

The final nail went in the Heanor coffin on 87 minutes when Sam Gwynne got on to the end of a sweeping attack and directed the ball across Whittingham and in to the bottom corner.

Heanor: Whittingham, Marriott, Claridge, Brown (Shaw 60), Hall, Edridge, Warner, Naylor, Gilson (Johnson 60), Debrouwer (Benger 45), Cooper.

Subs: Smith, Frost.

Referee: Andrew Ellis.

Attendance: 209.

Star Lion: Jack Warner.