Young Lions lose at home

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Heanor Town Reserves 0

Staveley Miners Reserves 3

After earning a valuable away point in midweek, the young Lions were brought back down to earth with a 3-0 home defeat against league leaders Staveley.

Staveley almost took the lead from the kick-off but luckily Middleton dragged his shot wide. Luke Duerden had a well-drilled shot saved after three minutes and again shot

wide on 32 minutes in a lacklustre first half in which both teams stifled chances.

In the second half, Staveley’s Gee saw Ross Cherry save comfortably, and Heanor could have taken the lead when Kokkinou did brilliantly to close down the visiting defence and ease past two defenders, before skimming the outside of the post with only the goalkeeper to beat.

Kial Thurman and Josh Henrys saw respective shots easily gathered by visiting custodian Dewberry.

Staveley took the lead on 69 minutes when Watters broke down the right and crossed perfectly for the unmarked Langley at the far post to put the league leaders ahead.

Heanor almost equalised from an unlikely source when Bates headed back towards his own goal but Dewberry miraculously clawed the ball off the line, injuring himself in the process.

In the 81st minute, Staveley went further ahead after a long ball out of defence allowed Walters to force his way past two defenders and fire the ball into the top corner from 20 yards.

Worse was to come when Middleton battled his way through the Heanor defence, and, despite the efforts of Cherry, forced the ball into the net for a third Staveley goal.