FC Heanor’s Derby Taverners Sunday Football League game against Florence Nightingale fell foul of the wet weather after 45 minutes at the weekend, with FC Heanor leading 2-1.
FC Heanor started this game all fired up by their manager Nick Milne, who told his squad exactly was at stake if they did not win this game.
If Heanor won, they would finish the weekend at the top of the league and promotion was in their hands. As the game progressed, Heanor showed their dominance and had wave after wave of attacks, as the pitch began to cut up.
However, they were caught on the break after ten minutes and one of Florence’s tricky forwards was felled in the Heanor box. They then slotted the penalty away to lead.
The home side then brushed themselves down and the equaliser came when Heanor’s leading goalscorer Jay West headed home to make it 1-1 over an onrushing goalkeeper. Heanor then began to pepper the Florence goal, hitting the wood work twice. Just before the break, Captain Fantastic Eric Woodall headed in again direct from a Stephen Guilor free kick to make it 2-1.
But as the teams walked off at half-time, the referee had to make a very hard decision as the pitch was becoming increasingly boggy.
He called the two managers together and made them aware he was abandoning the match in the interest of player safety. Both teams headed home for an early bath with FC Heanor disappointed, knowing they were 45 minutes away from going top and that this game will have to be replayed once again.