Another season of improvement

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HEANOR Town couldn’t improve on their initial result in their ‘second chance’ game at Hinckley FC last Thursday although the goals they scored took their total for the season to 118 and the mantle of highest scorers in the league.

The result paved the way for Gresley FC to win the title courtesy of their 1-0 win over Gedling Miners Welfare last Saturday in front of a league record crowd of 651.

Borrowash Victoria will finish as runners-up and the Lions third.

A total of 26 wins from their 38 games, 118 goals and 83 points, would normally be enough to win any league championship. But that reflects extremely well on a league which has become more and more competitive this season, and will undoubtedly be even more so next season.

The title race eventually boiled down to a four-club race with Gedling MW finishing fourth or ‘bottom of the top’.

Heanor’s downfall could be put down to their away form, where their seasonal return of 34 points was the least rewarding of the top four teams, and whilst it would be easy to pitch in with games where points should not have been dropped on their travels, that would indeed be grossly unfair.

It has been a magnificent season with third place reflecting the genuine improvement on last season’s seventh place finish. And also the increase in the goals on last year from 99 to 118.

Putting together the final league statistics for the last two years when Glenn Kirkwood and Craig Hopkins have been in charge of team affairs at the Town Ground, it is not hard to see that the emphasis has been on attacking football.

A total of 217 league goals in 76 league matches over two seasons defends superbly the fact that Heanor Town have been entertaining and a joy to watch.

A similar improvement next season would see the Lions as champions, and with snippets of news and plans which have already been mooted, the management team appear to have things decidedly in hand, and that is indeed good to know.

Certainly Kirkwood and Hopkins have proved themselves in the two years they have been at the helm.

Their first season they promised improvement and achieved it. So much was the improvement and the desire that the pair are currently disappointed with a third place finish. But in truth the season has been anything but a disappointment.

Next season promises much to look forward to and it is hoped that the football supporters of Heanor and the surrounding area will come and encourage.

Meanwhile, the Club’s Presentation Evening will take place in the Social Club on Friday, May 27 and the awards, currently a closely guarded secret, will be eagerly awaited.