Boss praises Lions’ support

Saturday didn’t only yield an unbeaten day for the first team and reserves at Heanor Town but it was a day to celebrate and remember the work of Keith Costello, as the former secretary of the club was asked to cut the ribbon to officially open the stand in his name.

The attendances have been pleasing in the first two games of the season, seeing 169 come to see Tadcaster take an undeserved three points from Heanor on Wednesday and a fantastic 227 come to see Heanor unlucky to share the points with top of the table Retford on Saturday, the highest attendance in the NCEL by over 120.

The club welcome new fans and wants to urge people to come along on Saturday when they face Aylestone Park FC in the FA Vase.

Cory Bowler was named man of the match on Saturday, his no-nonsense defensive display against Retford showed why he is seen as an important part of the squad.

Playing in an unfamiliar left back slot he kept a right winger quiet who should be playing at a higher level than Retford.

The under 19 side were unlucky to lose to AFC Mansfield for the second week in a row, the young Lions beaten by a more direct, organised style of play although the Heanor side did see the majority of the ball.

Heanor manager Glen Clarence said: “I thought the lads did well last Wednesday, the scoreline flattered Tadcaster and the game could have been over at half time. But at this level if you don’t take your chances the opposition will.

“Saturday was a different story in that Retford are one of the favourites for the title and I think that we more than matched them for large spells, we defended well and conceding a goal that went against the grain, they should have given us the ball back but they didn’t.

“There is a possibility two or three new faces may be joining in the next couple of weeks so watch this space.

“For me if we are disappointed to draw with one of the favourites then we are getting somewhere after having to rebuild, and credit to the lads that we are improving. Finally it’s noted in the dressing room what fantastic support we are getting. Thanks and long may it continue.”

Admission is £5 for adults, £3 for OAPs and under 16s are free. (This Saturday there is a charge of £1 for each child under FA regulations as it is a national cup.)