A 4-1 away victory sets up Lions nicely for festive period

Heanor Town bounced back from successive Northern Counties East League Premier Division defeats in fine style on Tuesday night.

Glen Clarence’s side’s great run of recent form had been ended last Saturday by a 2-0 defeat at the hands of league leaders Tadcaster Albion.

Then, on Saturday, they suffered a 3-0 home defeat against a Basford United side that included former Aston Villa and England midfielder Lee Hendrie among its ranks.

However, the mini-run of defeats was ended in emphatic style at Liversedge on Tuesday night when three second-half goals helped the Lions to record a 4-1 victory.

The goals were scored by Ryan Tinsley (on his debut), Kieran Debrouwer, Nathan Benger and Greg Simmons. Liversedge’s reply came from the penalty spot.

Tinsley is a midfielder who has joined Heanor Town FC from Evo Stik League side Loughborough Dynamo.

He is 19 years old and is a product of the Leicester City and Nottingham Forest academies, where he was given a professional contract.

After leaving the Reds he joined the highly rated Nike Academy where he played against the likes of Barcelona.

The result against Liversedge means that the Lions are now in 11th place in the division, with 41 points from their 25 games to date.

The top two - Tadcaster and Barton Town Old Boys - have now opened up a gap on the chasing clubs, but it is certainly tightly packed behind them, with Heanor currently only five points off third-placed side Retford United.

This Saturday, the Lions travel to take on Lincoln Moorland Railway, for the first of their games over the Christmas and New Year period.

Lincoln are currently next bottom in the league.

After that, there will be a game at the Town Ground on Saturday, December 28, against Winterton Rangers, with the match starting at 3pm.

The first game of 2014 sees the Lions at Brighouse Town on Saturday, January 4.

A little further into 2014 will be the Lions’ Derbyshire Senior Cup quarter final clash at Graham St Prims on January 14, their reward for beating Conference Premier side Alfreton Town in the last round.