The CML Reserve Supreme Division’s two form teams met last Saturday at Kirklington Road asHeanor’s run was ended with a 4-1 defeat against Rainworth MW Reserves, writes Stan Wilton.
The young Lions went ahead on eight minutes through Alex Marshall and Andreas Kokkinou almost made it two before Liam Barber’s poor pass let in Jamie York for the leveller with 13 minutes gone.
Marshall set up Jack Smith but a superb tackle by Colliery prevented Heanor regaining the advantage whilst Ross Cherry saved splendidly from York.
More woeful Heanor defending though cost them two goals in three minutes, York taking advantage after 32 minutes and Liam Green three minutes later.
Heanor reshuffled their pack at half-time and tightened up in defence.
Nick Grainger replaced Smith for his debut and showed some nice touches as Heanor gave the league leaders more than a few anxious moments.
For half an hour in the second half, Rainworth were left to defend their two-goal lead, but more poor passing out of defence allowed Jamie York to complete his hat-trick.
It would have been easy for Heanor’s young heads to have gone down at this stage, but they did not and Marshall’s great pass to Grainger saw the debutant just fail to take the ball in his stride. Then Marshall hammered a thunderous free kick against the bar.
Heanor were left rueing some poor defending but the league leaders took full advantage, leaving the final scoreline to look more convincing than the game really was.
The Reserves’ next home game is on Saturday when Matlock Town Reserves visit the Town Ground (3pm). As the first team have no game the Reserves will look forward to some good support.
In the photo, Heanor are pictured going on the attack against Rainworth.