Massive game ahead against Gedling MW

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HEANOR Town face one of their biggest challengers for the title this Saturday with a visit to Gedling MW.

After a 3-0 win at Radford, the Lions replaced the Notts club as league leaders last weekend due to Gedling’s fixture being one of six postponed.

It will be a massive fixture for both clubs and should attract the biggest crowd of the season to Plains Road for the 3pm kick off.

Heanor are hoping that they will have a full squad from which to select their team from and the added incentive that club vice captain Ashley Grayson will be fit after his lengthy lay off due to injury to play some part in the game. He may well be able to start.

Gedling drew 1-1 with another title challenger, Gresley FC, on Tuesday evening, as a result of which Heanor were pushed back into second place by the South Derbyshire club but Heanor will have regained top spot if they beat Holwell last night.

Heanor Town were set to make changes for last night’s game (Wednesday) at home to Holwell Sports.

James Whitehead is struggling with a calf injury and will be rested with Saturday’s game at Gedling Miners Welfare in mind.

Jason Hardy is working in Manchester and was also set to miss Wednesday night’s game.

“Dan Williams will get his chance to press for a regular first team place in the Holwell match”, said joint manager Glenn Kirkwood.

The Heanor manager also confirmed, “Nathan Benger was suffering from a tight hamstring and was brought off after scoring two goals at Radford last Saturday. But he should be OK for both games this week.”

100th appearance

Although it was only a brief appearance of just short of half an hour, Graham Wells made his 100th appearance for the club. Nine of his appearances have been as substitute and he has scored 26 goals.

Wells has also confirmed that he is happy with the club despite an approach from Hinckley FC.

Mr Kirkwood also confirmed that the Lions are on the verge of making another signing but was keeping his cards close to his chest as to who the player might be.

Heanor’s League Cup third round tie away to Holbrook Sports has now been re-arranged for Tuesday, February 9 with a 7.45pm kick off at Shaw Lane.

All the Lions outstanding games have now been re-arranged and everyone at the club is hoping that the winter weather is now over and that there can be a genuine tilt at the title.

The East Midlands Counties League have confirmed that Borrowash Victoria, Gresley, Gedling Miners Welfare, Bardon Hill and Heanor Town are amongst the clubs who have applied for promotion should they finish in such a position at the end of the season.

Heanor Town Reserves will be at home to Mickleover Sports Reserves (3pm) on Saturday.