Last gasp goals deny reserves

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Heanor Town Reserves began the season under the new management of Dave Barber and Adam Bamford with a local derby at Coronation Park, beating Eastwood Town Reserves 2-1.

Eastwood made a strong start at a furious pace but the young Lions soon settled and took an early lead when Richard Groves played in Liam Knifton to round the goalkeeper and stroke the ball home.

Dan Storer went close with a 25-yard free kick while Daniel Bradley marshalled the defence well, in which goalkeeper Sean Pickworth was commanding.

Eastwood applied strong pressure in the second half but Heanor should have increased their lead when Storer fed Liam Barber, who pulled his ten-yard shot wide.

Pickworth produced three outstanding saves which drew applause from the stands, while at the other end Mark Whitton and Richard Groves could not capitalise on some indifferent handling.

With 90 minutes on the clock Heanor were heading for victory, but with Wade Thornhill off the pitch injured and all substitutes used, a close-range header following a free kick undid the ten-man Lions for the equaliser.

Disaster then struck with the last kick of the game when a last-ditch tackle from Mitch Palmer upended a striker and Eastwood scored from the spot.