Heanor Town’s desire to be a side that plays stylish football was evident during Saturday’s 3-1 win at Armthorpe Welfare.
The game came to life in the ninth minute of the game. Lee Stevenson, a player who loves a long shot, managed to catch the ball perfectly from 40 yards, the ball travelling like a bullet, dipping just over the reach of keeper William Biggs.
Skipper Nick Hall was unlucky not to double the Lions’ lead in the 14th minute, his effort at the back post after a flurry of penalty area pinball just flashing wide.
Armthorpe managed to find a gap in the watertight Heanor defence in the 17th minute, the effort from Ferguson bringing a standard save from Mark Frost.
Stevenson, who could have had a hatful of goals, gave Heanor the best move of the match in the 19th minute.
His slide tackle in Heanor’s penalty area broke to Debrouwer, who fed Grantham who in turn squared the ball for Stevenson who had ran the full length of the field, his shot narrowly missing the target.
Armthorpe failed to give Heanor any worries in the first half, their only other chance coming in the 31st minute. a shot deflected by Brett Peel for a corner ended up fruitless with the home side having to get their backs to the wall again.
The score should not have been only one-nil to Heanor when the half-time break arrived.
The second half started with that man Stevenson again narrowly missing the target, the Armthorpe midfield and defence managing to let him slip through time and time again.
Heanor doubled their advantage in the 57th minute, a Stevenson throw-in flicked on to Grantham, who extended a long leg above his head to flick the ball into the net.
Grantham fully deserved a goal, his running caused problems time and time again for the Armthorpe defence.
It took until the 74th minute for Heanor to turn their good play into further goals. Alex Haughton who had only just entered the field of play, his second touch of the game was to turn Cory Bowler’s cross into the net.
They say you are most likely to concede straight after you have scored – this proved to be right as Stuart Preston, Armthorpe’s substitute, sidestepped a challenge on the edge of the penalty area to side foot an effort into the bottom corner. This was a goal they had been looking for all game but rarely looked like taking.
Heanor’s defence looked watertight for the majority of the match with Scott Rogers putting in a real performance in what was an unfamiliar left-back slot.