Lions achieve a little piece of history with latest victory

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Heanor Town FC dominated their match against much-fancied Retford United on Saturday to take three more points in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division.

Retford did have their chances to score but a daring change in formation and tactics saw Heanor run out comfortable 4-0 winners, Kieran Debrouwer scoring all four for The Lions.

The result itself is actually football history, Heanor never having beaten Retford.

The fantastic performance of Luke Crosby when Heanor hosted Long Eaton just a week before prompted the management to reshuffle the pack to create space for Crosby in the starting 11.

When Tinsley replaced Crosby after 55 minutes on Saturday, he left the field of play knowing in his first 100 minutes of football for Heanor he had one assist and three goals to his name, an impressive start to what will hopefully be a long assosiaction with Heanor Town FC.

It was once said by a football pundit that a club will never win anything with kids, but who actually listens to football pundits?

Heanor are pleased to announce the signing of 16-year-old Tom Marshall, recently released by Derby County.

Tom is a confident, strong, mature midfield player who manager Glen Clarence has high hopes for. “I have no worries with using such a young player as long as they are capable. Tom certainly is, and his signing will add competition to the squad”.

The Lions made another addition to the backroom staff in the form of Brett Jones, formerly of Notts County, Nottingham Forest, Mansfield Town and Coventry City.

Jones has joined the coaching team of the under 19s as they look to develop the steady start they have made this campaign under young manager Ash Pearson.

It is testament to the vision of the owners of the club that Heanor Town have players wanting to join who could be plying their trade in leagues above, also that volunteers are in abundance.

After the weekend result against Retford, Heanor climbed up to ninth in the NCEL Premier Division, 20 points behind leaders Tadcaster with six games in hand.

A number of teams in the positions inbetween will have a huge say in deciding where the league title ends up come May but Heanor Town, who had a fairly wobbly start to the season, are definitely still in the mix to become champions of the NCEL.