NO player managed to appear in all 47 first team games for Heanor Town in their fantastic season, but skipper Gary Webster made 45 starts and one appearance as a substitute to bring his total appearances for the club to 89 in his two years at the Town Ground.
Both Lee Stevenson (136) and Graham Wells (119) completed their centuries of games for the club last season, and despite long term injuries Ash Grayson and Adam Kay completed their 50th appearances and were joined by Webster and Dan Williams.
Nathan Benger’s 30 goals made him by far and away the Lions top marksman, but he was ably assisted by Dan Williams, Ash Grayson, Graham Wells and Jay Lee Hodgson.
In all competitions last season Heanor used 32 players and scored 135 goals. Of the goals, 116 came in East Midlands Counties League fixtures making them the top goalscorers in the League.
The season’s biggest win came on October 20 in Heanor’s last game before a six-week break due to the weather when they defeated Anstey Nomads 9-0 on the Town Ground.
There were hat-tricks in the game for Rob Gill and Nathan Benger. It was to be Gill’s last of his three appearances for the club.
Ash Grayson was the only other player to register a hat-trick with his trio in the 7-0 home demolition of Blackwell Miners Welfare on 6th November. But two players, Jay Lee Hodgson and Dan Williams both registered five goals in a game. Hodgson’s five came against Anstey Nomads in the 7-0 win at Cropston Road on 21st August, before he departed for firstly Long Eaton United, then Rainworth Miners Welfare, and finally returning via Shepshed Dynamo.
Dan Williams salvo came in the 8-1 home win over Holwell Sports on Wednesday 26th January.
Heanor’s 19 home league matches drew a total of 1,989 spectators at an average of 105. The average remains the same when the home cup ties are included in the total attendances which were 2,426 a figure which was the norm some 50 years ago in the old Midland League when Alfreton Town, Ilkeston Town, Scarborough, Boston United and Gainsborough Trinity, etc, were regular visitors.
How times change?
(figures in brackets represent substitute appearances)
46 Gary Webster (1)
42 Graham Wells (11)
41 Ryan Cancellars (2)
40 Mark Frost
39 Lee Stevenson (8)
37 Ash Grayson (4), James Whitehead (1)
35 Nathan Benger (2), Dan Williams (13)
32 Lee Askham (12)
31 Adam Kay (1), Brett Peel (1)
29 Phil Austin (1)
21 Jamie Gee-Pemberton (10), Richard Hodgman (9)
18 Tom Norris (4)
15 Jason Hardy (3)
14 Danny Cox (5)
12 Lee Naughton (7)
10 Jaylee Hodgson
9 George Walker, Joshua Wain (7)
5 Darren Keeling, Dave Moon (2)
3 Stephen Atkinson (3), Rob Gill, Danny Orme (3)
2 Nathan Junor (2)
1 Cory Bowler, Spencer Goff, Gavin Saxby, Neil West
30 Nathan Benger
16– Dan Williams
14 Graham Wells, Ash Grayson
11 Jaylee Hodgson
9 Gary Webster, James Whitehead
7 Jason Hardy
6 Lee Askham
4 Lee Naughton
3 Rob Gill
2 Ryan Cancellara
1 Phil Austin, Danny Cox, Jamie Gee-Pemberton, Adam Kay, Dave Moon, Brett Peel, Lee Stevenson, Tom Norris, Own Goal