Confident display from the Young Lions earns home victory

Heanor Town Reserves welcomed Radford Reserves to the Town Ground looking for revenge for a 5-1 mauling they received at Selhurst Street earlier in the season, and they achieved it with a 3-1 victory.

Adam Barrett and Luke Crosby were making their first appearances at this level for the club.

Heanor burst straight into the attack from the start and should have been a goal to the good after two minutes when Andreas Kokkinou rushed clear of the visitors’ defence, but his tame finish caused Jon Caunt no problems.

But Heanor were not to be denied in their storming start and went ahead after seven minutes when a grand move ended with Liam Barber and Andreas Kokkinou providing Luke Duerden with a side-footed finish from ten yards.

Heanor were so much on top that goals looked like coming in avalanche proportions,.

Both sides were attempting to play passing football and it was an absorbing game to watch. Heanor’s finishing was leaving a bit to be desired though.

Jack Smith replaced the injured Kokkinou in the 34th minute and a minute later the score was doubled when Luke Crosby fired home from close range as another exciting Heanor move cut the visitors defence open.

Crosby did all the spadework for Heanor’s third goal in first half stoppage time, Duerden shooting home for his second goal of the game.

Radford were a different side in the second half and Heanor found it difficult to make progress against them. Indeed, within five minutes of the restart, Marcus Fletcher got to a lofted free kick from skipper Connor Scott-Parkin before Cherry but saw his header flash over the bar.

Heanor put together one bright move and Caunt saved from Duerden looking for his third, but it proved to be his last touch of the game as he was replaced by James Riley.

Radford thenbegan to dominate midfield.

Manager David Barber’s half-time call for his team to keep a clean sheet fell on deaf ears though in the 71st minute when Cherry came hesitantly for a free kick from Marcus Fletcher and allowed the ball to go through his hands for a soft goal.

Jak Lightly moved forward in the closing stages to fire a Kieran James pass inches wide, before Liam Barber was replaced by Jacob Ward for the last six minutes.

TEAM: Ross Cherry, Alex Crossley, Kieran James, Danny Bonsall, Jak Lightly, Liam Barber (Jacob Ward 84), Alan Horton, Adam Barrett, Andreas Kokkinou (Jack Smith 34), Luke Crosby, Luke Duerden (James Riley 64 minutes). Substitutes not used – Luke Hodgkinson, Aaron Dailey.