Lions in good shape as they aim to make Vase progress

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Heanor Town succeeded in going unbeaten this weekend with the reserves picking up a respectable goalless draw at Dronfield Town and the first team bringing back all three points from their encounter with Armthorpe Welfare.

Both sides have been looking forward to their first home games of the season.

The reserves played Staveley on Tuesday night and are looking forward to facing Bilborough Pelican on Saturday. Pelican are new to the Central Midlands reserve set-up and no doubt will be tough opposition for the Lions’ second string.

The first team head to East Midlands Counties League side Anstey Nomads in the FA Vase this weekend. With prize money of £1,500 at stake, all at the club are hoping they can bring back the result everyone desires. Anstey currently occupy 11th position in the EMCL, losing three of their first six matches of the season.

Heanor’s first team then host Tadcaster Albion on Wednesday September 11, providing there is no replay for either side in the FA Vase.

Meanwhile, new signage has been installed at the ground, the dugouts are now complete and the club is ready to host football matches.

The Lions are looking to strengthen their squad and approaches have been made for a number of players in the past week. The management is looking to add to the strength in depth the side has been lacking a little. With long midweek trips on the fixture list this season and work commitments becoming a conflict, a club wanting to be successful in those circumstances needs a large squad.

Former player Jordan Leeming, who left Heanor to play football in the USA, has re-signed for the club. When chatting on his return to the club, he commented that he’d always tracked Heanor’s progress and shared how glad he was to see how far the club has come since his last appearance.

The fixture away at league newcomers Albion Sports, due to have been played on Wednesday, September 4, has still not been re-arranged. Heanor also still have the League Cup Second Round fixture away to Parkgate FC to be scheduled.