Heanor Town Juniors 6
Ashbourne Aztecs 1
Heanor Town Juniors u15s started their Derby City League Division Two campaign away at Ashbourne Aztecs.
With a few new additions to last year’s squad and a new management team in place, optimism was high for a successful season.
On a very hot and sunny morning, the Heanor lads started the match full of confidence after some encouraging pre-season performances and quickly took the game to their opponents, scoring an early goal when midfielder Liam Whysall let fly from 20 yards.
Heanor continued to press forward and were rewarded again soon after when forward Cole Fell-Meakin reacted quickest to score from close range after Ryan Seale’s shot had come back off the crossbar.
Heanor were now in full flow and went close again when Luke Miles’s shot went narrowly over from distance. Debutant striker Jordan Bonser was full of running and went close on numerous occasions and Heanor scored a third midway through the first half when another debutant Joel Adams turned in a loose ball after a goalmouth scramble.
Heanor’s back three of Rhys Charlton, Tom Vallans and new signing Adam Baldwin kept a spirited Ashbourne side very quiet, giving keeper Nathan Stone very little to do in the 1st half.
Heanor made the score 4-0 shortly before half-time when Adam Baldwin’s long ball upfield bounced over the unlucky keeper and Cole Fell-Meakin gladly rolled the ball into the empty net.
Heanor made three changes before the break, bringing midfielders George Bloor and Joel Adams and defender Tom Vallans off and replacing them with Evan Morley, Brad Sharp and Lewis Mee.
The second half started much the same as the first with plenty of good attacking play from Heanor, but, to their credit, Ashbourne never let their heads drop and were beginning to create chances on the break.
With the heat beginning to affect both teams, the game became stretched and the hard working Jordan Bonser scored a deserved fifth Heanor goal with a strong run and clinical finish into the bottom corner.
Ashbourne’s endeavour was rewarded late on when an Aztecs striker scored after a through ball, despite being forced wide by keeper Stone. The striker finished well from an acute angle.
Despite that setback, Heanor upped their game again and scored a sixth when Fell-Meakin completed his hat-trick when he calmly slotted past the keeper after battling through the Aztecs defence, to round off a man-of-the-match performance.