Heanor came away from one of the longest journeys in the league with a 2-1 win at Bridlington.
Town took control in the early stages with Adrian Hawes testing Hitchcock in the fourth minute.
The goalkeeper pulled off another save from Debrouwer on nine minutes and fumbled a save from Grantham a minute later as Heanor piled on the pressure.
The pressure finally told on 20 minutes when Danny Booth opened his account for The Lions after Bridlington could not clear a Piliero cross.
Heanor very nearly doubled their lead when Debrouwer hit the post and Piliero saw his effort from the rebound saved.
Bridlington managed their first and only effort of the half on 35 minutes when Eddy Birch brought the best out of Deakin.
In a period of frustrating viewing for the Heanor fans it was Bridlington that made a flurry of changes, introducing Jarrod Smalley and Craig Hogg to replace Nathan White and Jamie Reeson.
Heanor struggled to find any consistant rhythm as Bridlington moved the ball faster and searching for the opening to level the scores.
The game turned on 80 minutes when Craig Hogg scored after Ross Henshaw left a cross believing he had heard one of his players call for the ball.
But Heanor refused to give up and poured forward in search of a winner.
And they got their reward when Ricketts poked home after good build up play from Ian Deakin and Kieran Debrouwer.
Heanor were held 1-1 at Parkgate last night to leave them sitting in fourth sport in the NCEL.
Heanor opened the scoring through a Sam Jones penalty on 28 minutes, before Scott Whittington levelled on 65 minutes.
Heanor: Deakin, Marriott, Shaw, Moran (Strzyzewski 70 mins), Henshaw, Hawes, Grantham, Booth, Ricketts, Debrouwer, Piliero.
Subs not used: Rogers, McNicholas, Ratcliffe, Baker.