Heanor looking to consolidate

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HEANOR Town have a great chance this week to consolidate their position as one of the four clubs in the title chase.

Last night (Wednesday) they were due to take on Gedling Town and on Saturday they entertain Ibstock United, both lowly clubs, and both games at the Town Ground.

Despite international football on television Heanor will stick to the traditional 3pm kick-off on Saturday.

Joint manager Glenn Kirkwood said he was ‘as delighted as he has ever been’ with the Lions’ performance at Thuirnby Nirvana last Saturday.

He explained: “To do the league double over this team without conceding a goal was a fantastic achievement.

“Thurnby are a very good side indeed and Saturday’s performance at their ground was as good an anything which we have produced this season.

“For 70 minutes Thurnby didn’t have a sniff and we should have made the game safe long before we did.

But we expected them to have a period of pressure at some time during the game, and they did so in the final minutes.

“Our defence was outstanding on a difficult, bobbly pitch. We are not taking things too quickly and will concentrate on each game in turn. The team spirit in the club at the moment is fantastic and we look to keep things going.”

There is some disappointment in the camp that Holbrook Sports FC held up the transfer of striker Dave Moon beyond the deadline to allow him to be involved last Saturday.

It is understood Holbrook even ignored the attempts of the league registrar, but it is hoped that he was registered and available for last night’s game with Gedling Town.

Heanor have also put in seven days’ notice of approach to bring much travelled striker Nick Ghislanzoni back to the club from league counterparts Borrowash Victoria.

Kirkwood added: “We will try to bring Nick in to give us cover for any injuries during the run-in to the season.”

Supporters have made the point that Ghislanzoni has had spells with almost every local club, including the Lions, but manager Kirkwood explained: “If someone is missing for a midweek game and Ghislanzoni comes in and scores a couple of goals to keep us on track for the title that will have been work well done.”

Certainly the Heanor management are taking no chances in their quest to land the title and promotion for the club.

On the outgoing side Danny Cox has been allowed to join Leicestershire side Bardon Hill.