Tough test awaiting Lions at St Andrews

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Satisfactory revenge was gained for their opening day defeat last Saturday when Heanor Town defeated Radford on the Town Ground.

The Lions will be hoping to carry their 2012 form of two wins from two games into this week’s fixture at St Andrews (3pm).

The Leicester side have already taken a point from their visit to the Town Ground this season as a result of a 0-0 draw, and with nine home wins to their credit they are sure to be formidable opposition once again when the Lions visit Canal Street on Saturday.

The Heanor management have brought in the experienced Carl Slater from Mickleover Sports and he made his debut last Saturday as a substitute. The former Gresley player quickly warmed himself with the home crowd following a series of splendid tackles, and once he establishes himself with the squad he will surely become a great asset in the build up to the final 14 league games of the season.

Ricky Gardner, who made just one first team appearance for the Lions, ironically in the above home game against St Andrews, has been transferred to Greenwood Meadows where he should find first team opportunities a little easier to come by.

George Walker had his operation on his badly injured knee last Tuesday. George has waited a long time for the date of his operation to come through and has been extremely loyal having seldom missed putting in an appearance at first team games.

The only games he has missed have been when he turned out for the reserves in a hope of making a come back via that direction.

It is to be hoped that the operation will be a success and that Walker can get back to full training in due course. He would be another welcome asset in the end-of-season push for the title.

The Reserves found their form at Clipstone Welfare Reserves last Saturday winning their first outing of the year by two Jake Watson goals. They have centre stage on the Town Ground on Saturday when Belper Town Reserves are the visitors kick off 3pm.