Reserves are left looking for a change of fortunes

Heanor Town’s 6-1 triumph at lowly Winterton Rangers last Saturday was further proof of the glut of goals and the rich entertainment the team is dishing out.

But it is also adequate proof that they seem to be giving their best performances in away matches rather than at the Town Ground.

Perhaps this is the main reason why a minimum of 40 Heanor Town supporters journey away with them every match, irrespective of the distance.

And there was a great deal of enjoyment for those travelling supporters when leading scorer Nathan Benger put his name to the Lions second goal of the game and the team’s 50th league goal of the season.

There are more anniversaries coming up over the Christmas Holiday with Jason Foster seemingly likely to complete 50 appearances for the club in their home game this week end and Stef Frost possibly reaching the same landmark at Staveley Miners Welfare on Boxing Day.

But the most notable landmark of the lot will be Nathan Benger’s 100th goal for the club.

The two he scored at Winterton brought his total to 99 in the two and a half seasons with the Lions.

A total of 99 goals in 107 appearances for the club is a phenomenal achievement and, indeed, is an absolutely superior ratio of goals per game than the club’s prolific scorers of the past like Don Brown in the 1950s, Brian Fidler in the 60s and Glyn Stacey in this century.

Heanor will face some tough challenges over Christmas if they are to maintain their top ten league position achieved following the win at Winterton.

Brighouse Town, who moved up to third spot with their 3-0 win over Barton Town Old Boys last week, provide the Town Ground opposition on Saturday (3pm kick off), and Heanor will have to find top form if they are to improve on their home record from this game.

It is followed by a tough trip to Staveley Miners Welfare on Boxing Day (3pm) against a team whose win last week saw them move up into the top four. And if those two games are not tough enough, the following Saturday sees the Lions journey to Brighouse for the return fixture.