Winterton trip on the cards while reserves are at home

Heanor town v Bridlington town.
Heanor town v Bridlington town.
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The three games between Heanor Town and Bridlington Town this season have produced a whopping 22 goals.

Unfortunately, 16 of them have been scored by the opposition, who have walked off with three victories, to keep them at the top of the Northern Counties East League Premier Division table.

The five which were conceded last Saturday though were all eminently avoidable. They stemmed from errors or dreadful defending, and this is a part of the Lions’ game which must now be addressed as we approach the second half of the club’s first season at Step Five.

Only seven clubs in the division have conceded more goals than Heanor, and six of them are in the bottom seven.

Indeed, if statistics are investigated further, only two clubs have conceded more than Heanor’s 28 at home, and both Hall Road Rangers and Lincoln Moorlands Railway are in the division’s bottom five.

Add to this another 16 goals which have been shipped in cup ties and realise that 12 of these have come in home games, there is little wonder that supporters are concerned with the club’s home form.

Heanor’s 22 home matches in all competitions this season have seen them fail to score on four occasions.

On a happier and lighter note, the Lions’ 50th goal of the season was scored by Richie Holmes with a 31st minute back post header against Glasshoughton Welfare in a game which saw the team keep its one and only home clean sheet of the seasonso far.

In all games, the Lions this season have scored 64 goals and conceded 63, and that sounds like good entertainment.

But it is frustrating for supporters and management to see so many sloppy goals being given away, particularly at home.

The Lions are halfway through their fixtures and in many ways can be more than satisfied with their progression – certainly with the entertainment.

They sit in 12th, one below the halfway mark, and if the team can lift itself into the top half of the table in time for the conclusion of the season there will be more than satisfaction shown at the achievement.