Little Eaton Diamonds
Heanor Juniors U10’s 2
DESPITE the result, there were far more positives than negatives from Heanor Juniors latest defeat for the under 10’s, this time against Little Eaton.
The defending in the first 10 minutes was not one of them though, as the Diamonds raced into a 2-0 lead before some of the boys in white had realised that they had actually woken up, got out of bed, travelled to the game, and were actually playing.
Those few minutes probably cost the game, but the way that they responded after waking up showed great character.
Attack after attack, and corner after corner in the last 10 minutes of the half but the Diamonds constantly on the back foot.
Ben Jones went close with a header from a Liam Noon corner, and Will Antcliffe went even closer when his header smashed against the bar and into the arms of the keeper.
The keeper was by far the busiest player on the pitch, and he made a great save from George Hallam when he was clean through.
He could do nothing the next time Hallam found himself through on goal, as he cooly rounded the keeper, and slipped the ball into the far corner.
River Fowkes and Jordan Price were virtual spectators as the half drew to a close, but they were exposed in the last minutes of the half when the Diamonds scored again.
Joe Brazel, Duncan Claxton and Lewis Searson came on for the second half, and Heanor started really piling on the pressure. Keeper Jake Stepney made a brave and really good save to keep the score at 3-1 when he raced from his goal to thwart the Diamonds centre forward.
The score became 3-2 when a high boot caught George Hallam, and the referee pointed to the spot.
Hallam picked himself up, dusted himself down and smashed the penalty into the net.
After that we all thought it was only a matter of time before the equaliser came. Lewis Searson, and Hallam again went close, and when Jones found himself unmarked in the box, his shot was saved by the impressive keeper once again.
A fourth goal was not what the Diamonds deserved, and the final score somewhat flattered them. A few defensive lapses cost Heanor Juniors dear but for the rest of the game, the coach was more than happy with the effort and quality of play.
There are now just two games left starting with Melbourne United this week.