Lions facing testing finish

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Two more postponements in the last seven days brings the total number of games lost to the weather to 13 in a 14-week period.

More tellingly, Heanor Town have only played five times in the last 14 weeks.

Included this those postponements are the Barrow Town and Gedling Town home games which, between them, have been re-arranged seven times and left Barrow Town secretary Andy Dermott remarking: “See you in August!”

The Barrow Town home game has been rearranged for Wednesday, April 20 and the game at Bardon Hill has been pulled in for the Wednesday prior to that on April 13.

Heanor Town are certainly not the only club with fixture problems, but the Lions’ hopes of not having to go into May to complete their fixtures may be a little premature as things stand.

Fortunately, the Reserves have only got eight matches to play, but six of them are home games, so the Town Ground is set to get some hammer in what remains of the season bearing in mind that the club has to be off the ground by the end of April.

Indications are that the part of the out-field which encroaches onto the football pitch will need some defending by the cricket teams during May and June until things get back to normal.

Heanor have no midweek games this week, but things start to get more desperate from Saturday onwards.

The Lions entertain Ellistown (3pm) on Saturday on the Town Ground, whilst the Reserves travel to Nottingham to Radford FC Reserves (3pm)

Next Tuesday the first team are away to Graham Street Prims (7.45pm) looking for more East Midlands Counties League points to fuel their championship ambitions, and on Wednesday the Reserves entertain Teversal Reserves (7.45pm) on the Town Ground.

Heanor, and it is understood that Holbrook Sports also, have made representations to the East Midlands Counties League to press the Football Association for greater sponsorship awards for clubs competing in the FA Vase competition from the third round onwards when the draw becomes national.

There have been instances this season of teams from the North East travelling the length of the country to undertake ties in Devon and Somerset, and whilst they would be an enormous journey for Heanor, it is twice as far for the Northern League sides.

The losing side makes a gigantic loss as Lancing found out when they played their third round tie at Holbrook.

With gates of 300-400 an exception at this level of football, ties played with great distances involved need better rewards. After all, the Football Association does advocate that it is supporting Grass Roots football. Sometimes the question is asked, where?