Wasteful Heanor Town made to pay by Tadcaster Albion

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Heanor Town’s title hopes took a big dent after they were beaten 3-0 by league leaders Tadcaster Albion.

Heanor did start well with Wells going close with a back header within ten minutes and Debrouwer with a superb effort from the edge of the penalty area on 26 minutes as he cracked his effort against the cross bar.

It was Debrouwer with the next Heanor effort as he glanced a header wide of the target just 90 seconds after his last chance.

But it was Tadcaster who hit the front when Ward broke the deadlock three minutes before the break.

Heanor came back strong after the break and were demied by a superb save by Peter Lawrie to deny Greg Marriott.

Debrouwer saw another chance to put Heanor back in the tie on 64 minutes when his free-kick was well saved by Lawrie.

Ricketts had a rare opportunity three minutes later, but he couldn’t keep his shot down.

It was a costly miss as Tadcaster wrapped the game up when an uncharacteristic mistake from Nick Hall gifted the ball to Josh Greening.

His ball in behind the Heanor defence saw Carl Stewart race clear and calmly slot the ball under an exposed Ian Deakin.

The goal gave Tadcaster a sense of relief as Heanor had been knocking on the door constantly throughout.

As much as The Lions may try to break Tadcaster down it was the hosts who added a third goal in the 90th minute when a long ball saw Chris Shaw attempt a header back to Deakin.

The weak header only found Greening who passed the ball into the net after rounding Deakin.

His celebration showed how vital the three points were to the hosts.

Heanor: Deakin, Marriott, Shaw, Hawes, Henshaw (Richards 60), Strzyzewski, Booth, Hall, Ricketts, Wells (Grantham 80), Debrouwer.

Sub not used: Thompson, Andrews, Baker.

Attendance: 462