Lions appoint new U21s management duo

Nathan Benger has stepped aside from his new role as U21s coach for family reasons.

Nathan Benger has stepped aside from his new role as U21s coach for family reasons.

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Heanor Town’s new under-21 side has had a change in management before a ball has been kicked.

Nathan Benger had been installed as the team’s coach earlier in the summer but he has decided to stand down from the role for personal reasons.

In his place will be James Baker and Danny Allsopp, both former Heanor Town players and Baker having previously been the club’s assistant manager alongside Glen Clarence.

Benger said: “Unfortunately I’ve had to take a step back from management due to family reasons. I want to thank Glen and the team for giving me the opportunity but family has to come first.

“I believe in what Heanor Town are doing and hope to be involved in the future. I would also like to put on record that I think the new management duo are a great appointment and will help them as and where I can if needed.”

Baker and Allsopp both hail from Heanor and he club believe they have the vision to produce talented and local players where possible, with the aim of eventually seeing them form part of the first team.

Baker said “I’m looking forward to building on the impressive foundations that have been laid previously and developing a group of talented youngsters.”

Allsopp added: “This is a great opportunity to get involved in such a great club which is heading in the right direction. I’m very excited to get the chance to work with the U21s which is full of talented youngsters that are eager to improve.’’

Meanwhile, the Lions’ first team began their pre-season with a 2-1 defeat at Blidworth Miners Welfare on Saturday, Matt Harris with the goal.

A friendly at Gresley on Thursday has been postponed but a trip to Rossington Main is due to take place on Saturday at 3pm.

Pinxton are the hosts next Tuesday night for a 7.30pm kick-off before Ilkeston FC come to the Town Ground two days later, also for a 7.30pm start.