No pressure, but Heanor Town’s new hitman Karl Demidh can’t wait to get off the mark

Staveleys Hassett holds off Mickleovers Demidh.

Staveleys Hassett holds off Mickleovers Demidh.

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Karl Demidh has swapped a team in the bottom half of the Midland Premier for a team in the top three, and he can’t start to get scoring goals again.

Heanor Town’s newest recruit has had an impressive season, scoring 18 times in 23 matches for 16th placed Rocester.

And while the 24-year-old insists he isn’t feeling the weight of expectation to find the net, he hopes it won’t be long before he bags his first goal for the Lions.

The front man, who is suspended for Saturday’s visit of Lye Town and will make his debut next Tuesday at Highgate United, said: “I wouldn’t say I feel pressure.

“As a striker you want to score goals, that’s your job, that’s what they pay you for.

“I’m hoping I can get off the mark quickly.

“If you go three or four games without a goal you try everything in the book and nothing comes off, but when you’re scoring freely everything goes in for you.”

Demidh said it was an easy decision to join Glen Clarence at the Town Ground, having considered the move more than once in the past.

“He’s been asking me for a while, and I’ve spoken to him every pre-season but it didn’t work out.

“But they put seven days in for me and I thought why not? They’re doing better than Rocester, they’re a bigger club.

“I trained with the lads last Wednesday, they all seem good, and the coaching staff know what they’re doing.”

While Rocester might be closer to the wrong end of the table, albeit with games in hand over a lot of teams, their form hasn’t hampered Demidh’s goalscoring stats.

The man who scored 12 for Evo-Stik side Mickleover last season said: “We weren’t doing the best, results wise, we were near the bottom of the league.

“I’ve still beeen scoring my goals.

“I’ve got 18 in 23 games, and I was out for three or four weeks, so my ratio wasn’t too bad.”

And with just one outing in January, he’s raring to get his suspension out of the way and make his Heanor debut.

“I can’t wait. My last game was on New Year’s Day, it’s been a while.

“But I’ve been training hard in the gym to keep fit, so I still feel sharp.”

Meanwhile first team boss Clarence says he will give youth a chance this weekend, when midtable Lye Town visit.

“We have Clarke and Demidh sat out through suspensions on Saturday, but we continue to blood youngsters and a few will be involved this weekend,” he said.

Heanor’s last two games have been postponed due to the weather.

Clarence’s men have won on each of the last two occasions they played, but lost the first encounter of 2016.

They’re third in the table, 13 points behind leaders Hereford, with a game in hand.