Clarence challenges Lions to maintain unbeaten form

Glen Clarence
Glen Clarence

Heanor Town manager Glen Clarence has challenged his players to maintain their unbeaten run of late at Rocester.

The Lions have claimed seven points from their last three Midlands Football League Premier Division games, after beating Loughborough 4-2.

It comes on the back of a draw at Stourport and a home win over Coventry United, as Heanor continue to keep pressure on those teams above.

The Lions faced Rocester earlier in the month when the two met in the League Cup, but Clarence says Saturday’s fixture will be a different contest.

He said: “They had one or two cup-tied players, we had one or two cup-tied players and we had a couple of big players missing through injury and work.

“All those lads are now back so I think it’ll be a totally different game to be honest. It’ll be a tough one, it’s a very tough and unpredicatble league.

“We went to Stourport last week, albeit a three-hour journey on Wednesday night, they’re third bottom and we got a draw with ten men for half-an-hour.

“They were a good side. There are no poor sides in this league and I think people are realising that now. Rocester position in the league is unfair because they are a good side.

“It certainly won’t be easy. It’s a bit of a local derby for us. A couple of our ex-players are playing for Rocester.

And added: “It’ll be a tough game but we need to continue in the form we are in.”

Elliott Reeves, Jay Cooper, Christopher Smith and Shaun Roulston were all on target for Heanor in last Saturday’s win over Loughborough.

“It was a good result,” said Clarence. “I thought they were poor at the back but very good going forward. It shows how good this league is again.

“They will beat a lot of sides. We’ve been in bad form and just picking back up again in the league. I’m just happy to get three points.

“We’ve had disappointments in being knocked out of two decent cup competitions. We had to step up and the lads have bonded back together and answered a few people.

“Hopefully that will continue at Rocester.”

Rocester lost 3-0 at home to league leaders Alvechurch last time out and were knocked out of the FA Vase seven days previous to that by Hucknall.

Saturday’s meeting at The Town Ground (3pm kick off) will see a return for ex-Lions centre-halves Jordan Simpson and Ashleigh Lynch.

Clarence added: “They didn’t leave on bad terms. I get on with them both still. It adds a bit of spice but there’s no bad blood and we’re looking forward to it.”