Winterton Rangers 1
Heanor Town 6
Heanor Town extended their unbeaten away record to five games with a convincing performance at relegation-haunted Winterton Rangers on Saturday.
An early blast, almost as icy as the wind, put the Lions in command.
Fine work down the left by Stef Frost and Danny Fields paved the way for Neil Grayson to head into the top corner on 15 minutes, to give Heanor the lead.
It was a lead doubled within five minutes when man-of-the-match Kyle Bryant made a brilliant full length of the field run down the right to play a square ball for Nathan Benger to finish easily. This was Heanor’s 50th league goal of the season.
The Lions were three up in 37 minutes when some madness in a crowded penalty area saw the ball fall for Stef Frost to score with a quality strike into the bottom corner.
The Lions, backed by another large following of their supporters, were full value for their big interval lead, and it might have been extended even further two minutes after the break.
Kyle Bryant shot from the edge of the penalty area for the top corner and it brought am impressive save from the home custodian.
The visitors brought on Graham Wells for Neil Grayson and did go further ahead on 65 minutes when Stef Frost scored his second goal of the game with a splendid cross shot into the top corner.
Winterton’s efforts though were rewarded three minutes later when Robbie Start found himself gifted by some sloppy Heanor defending to slip the ball home.
Heanor replaced Gary Webster and Daniel Fields with Jason Foster and Dwayne Wiley and dominated the remainder of the game.
Substitute Jason Foster brought the nap hand up for Heanor with one of his special free kicks from just outside the left edge of the penalty area and across the goalkeeper.
And Nathan Benger completed his double with his 99th goal for the club in the 90th minute when he rounded two defenders and lifted the ball splendidly over the goalkeeper.
The 40 or so Heanor fans gave the team a standing ovation off at the end and joint manager Glenn Kirkwood thanked them for their excellent support.
TEAM: Clarke, Bryant, Austin, Frost, Holmes, DeGirolamo, Webster (Foster 65), Clarke, Benger, Grayson (Wells 50), Fields (Wiley 72). Substitute not used – Cox.
Photo by Paul Morley