Heanor Town FC’s first team are nearly halfway through their scheduled fixtures and things are definitely looking bright for the side that struggled to make an impact in the first half a dozen matches of the season.
Credit has to go to manager Glen Clarence for his player knowledge, which this week has brought two new signings for The Lions.
Heanor have signed former captain Gary Webster from near neighbours Mickleover Sports FC, the club he signed for earlier this year, following former managers Kirkwood and Hopkins to the side currently in the EvoStik Division One South.
Fans are excited at the prospect of seeing the flying winger producing the same form that made him a favourite previously.
The other new signing is a player Heanor supporters will have less knowledge of.
Greg Simmons, signed by Barnsley from Eastwood Town, is a lightning quick forward who is looking to re-establish himself after the disappointment of being released by the Championship side.
Both players will no doubt be looking to establish themselves in the starting line-up, and both wre included in the squad that travelled to Albion Sports last night (Wednesday) for the league game there.
The first team were without a game last weekend. The date was originally a free weekend in the fixture list, although it was briefly filled by an ill-fated trip to Bolehall Swifts FC before The Lions were removed from The FA Vase.
The reserves were thrust into the spotlight for the weekend, facing Matlock Town Reserves at The Town Ground in front of a healthy crowd.
Alex Marshall and Craig Buxton scored as the second string won 2-1. (See page 46 for a match report.
The management of the under 19s squad added to their ranks with the recent signing of goalkeeper Lewis Buxton.
Making his debut against one of the more talented sides in the league, he dealt admirably with the barrage of shots from Blidworth U19 as The Lions lost 3-0, and the score could have been double that if he had not been in such form.
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The young Lions are looking to claim all three points at home to Bilborough Town FC on Tuesday 19th November – Bilborough are the only side Heanor have picked points against, winning 6-4 at their home of Arnold Town FC on 2nd October, Liam Barber scoring a hat-trick of penalty kicks in that match.
The first team management and players have supported Movember this season, by growing a moustache they are aiming to get sponsorship towards aiding better treatment for testicular cancer and mental health illness. It is fair to say some players have more impressive moustaches than others. If anyone wants to sponsor the players and management they are encouraged to donate at the collecting pots within the social club on Mayfield Avenue.
Heanor Town face Thackley at The Town Ground on Saturday, playing the side they took the lead against in August, only to lose 2-1, so they are hoping to gain revenge.
Heanor Town have the quality to beat any side in the NCEL Premier Division and openly admit they fear nobody at this level. However, Thackley are a talented side and will provide one of the bigger challenges of the season, especially as the Bradford-based side have taken 42 points from 18 games so far. All local football supporters are encouraged to come to The Town Ground and support their local side.
Heanor’s impressive win against a talented South Normanton Athletic side in the Derbyshire Senior Cup has dealt them a glamour tie against The Skrill Conference Premier side Alfreton Town FC, to be played on 10th December at The Impact Arena – memories of winning at Chesterfield for an hour a couple of seasons ago have got the Heanor fans mouths watering.