Back-to-back wins for Lions as season hits final stretch

Back-to-back wins in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division have strengthened Heanor Town’s chances of achieving a top-six finish.

The Lions’ goal-packed season is now entering its final stages, with four games in the league still to play, plus the league cup semi-final against Eccleshill United.

With the games coming thick and fast, the Lions followed last Tuesday’s 4-2 home win over Nostell MW with a 3-0 home loss against Worksop Parramore .

But they recovered from this in fine style on Saturday when, in front of a crowd of 152, Liversedge were beaten 5-0 at the Town Ground, thanks to goals from Luke Crosby, Lee Stevenson, Kieran Debrouwer and two from Jak Lightly, stepping up from the reserves in fine style.

Then, on Tuesday night, the latest game for the Lions saw them host Garforth Town and beat their visitors 2-1, in front of a crowd of 132.

Heanor recovered from an early setback when CJ Lyle gave the Yorkshire side the lead after eight minutes

But the Lions drew level through a penalty from Kieran Debrouwer on the half-hour and what turned out to be the winning goal came from Lee Stevenson with 11 minutes remaining.

The results leave the Lions in sixth place in the table with 74 points from their 40 games so far and an extremely healthy goal difference of 41.

Next up for the Lions is a trip to North Yorkshire for a game against Pickering Town on Saturday (3pm kick off)and then a match at Worksop Parramore on Tuesday night (7.45pm kick off).

After that, the Lions host Parkgate on Saturday, April 19 and the final league match of the season is at Barton Town Old Boys on Saturday, April 26.

Sandwiched in between these two final league games is the league cup semi-final against Eccleshill United on Tuesday, April 22, at the Town Ground.

As for Heanor Town Reserves, they earned a fine 3-2 win at Staveley MW Reserves on Saturday and were due to play at Holbrook last night (Wednesday) after the News had gone to press.

On Saturday, they welcome league leaders Rainworth to the Town Ground.