Clarence: ‘FA Vase display not acceptable’

Heanor Town manager, Glen Clarence.
Heanor Town manager, Glen Clarence.

Heanor Town boss Glen Clarence said the team’s FA Vase display “wasn’t acceptable”.

The Lions were knocked out of the competition on Saturday by Central Midlands League opposition in Blidworth Welfare in round one.

It came days after the club got back to winning ways with a 3-1 success over Walsall Wood in the Midlands Football League Premier.

Heanor sit 11th in the league standings on 19 points but have games in hand - leaders Alvechurch are on 32 points having played 17.

The Lions will look to put the FA Vase disappointment behind them when 18th-placed Highgate United visit The Town Ground on October 29 (3pm kick-off).

Highgate have won their last two games in the JW Hunt Cup in a 4-3 win over Wolverhampton Casuals and in the Worcestershire Senior Urn after a penalty shootout win over Lye Town.

But have had a patchy start to the league campaign with four wins from 12, three of which came at home, and collecting a total of four points from a possible 18 on the road so far.

Then on Tuesday night, Lions travel to Hillsfield in the League Cup to take on Rocester, who are camped in mid-table ahead of the weekend’s fixtures.

Heanor go into the Saturday-Tuesday sequence in good form having lost just one of their previous eleven matches in all competitions prior to the FA Vase loss.

Their last win came last Wednesday against a Walsall Wood side tenth in the table, level on points with the Lions, but having played two game more.