Heanor Town FC recognised the long service of captain Nick Hall before the 5-0 drubbing of Winterton Rangers on Saturday.
It was unknown how many appearances the combative midfielder had made until recently, when it was found his 100th appearance for the club came in the memorable Derbyshire Senior Cup game at Alfreton Town FC.
Althought Nick’s appearance have come in two spells, with both Arnold Town FC and Carlton Town FC making use of his talent inbetween, his performances this season have again made him a fans’ favourite.
It was found that Adam Nicholls hit a landmark goal for Heanor this season. In the fantastic 9-4 win at Nostell Miners Welfare in August his 56th minute penalty, the second of his treble that day, was his 50th goal for Heanor. Nicholls’s record stands at 122 appearances and 51 goals.
‘Goalden boy’ Kieran Debrouwer ensured his place at the top of the league’s top scorer chart, his latest hat-trick of what is a fantastic season for him and the club brought him his 36th, 37th and 38th goals of the season.
His four goals against perennial strugglers Lincoln Moorlands last weekend has shown everyone what he is capable of.
His haul of goals isn’t going unnoticed by managers around the local football scene but Debrouwer has said since he signed for Heanor that he had signed for the season.
When asked his reason for making the return to Heanor at the start of this season, Debrouwer has always talked of his respect for manager Glen Clarence.
Their partnership in football has always brought rewards with Debrouwer scoring 26 goals in 24 starts when at Pinxton together last season, two steps lower down the football pyramid.
The Lions travel to Brighouse on Saturday in another difficult game. The club will be running a coach as usual with seats just £5 each.
The coach leaves at 11.45am in order to be on time for the necessary preparations to take place.
All are welcome to join The Lions as they travel.
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Heanor will be looking to do a double over Brighouse, a side who have turned out to be bitter rivals in the NCEL Premier Division, after their 1-0 win at The Town Ground earlier in the season.
Support has been fantastic at all away games this season and the request is that the supporters don’t lose the unique atmosphere created at all games.
The reserves face Radford FC Reserves on Saturday, the visitors squad featuring a number of players signed for Lincoln Moorlands in the NCEL Premier Division (the same as the first team) so it will be a tough task for the young Lions. Supports who aren’t travelling to Brighouse are encouraged to get behind the reserves in their 3pm kick off.
The reserves have booked their appearance in the Derbyshire FA Divisional Cup South semi final against Derby Rolls-Royce Leisure FC, the favourites to win the competition. However, Heanor’s heroics in the quarter finals proves that they are aiming to make an impact on this cup competition and are aiming for a cup final appearance. The date for this fixture isn’t know at the time of writing.