Cup victory for Lions sets up local derby with Alfreton

A blank weekend for Heanor Town in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division gives the Lions a chance to reflect on an increasingly promising league campaign.

After an inconsistent start, Glen Clarence’s side have really hit their straps in recent weeks and have only lost one of their last 11 games in all competitions.

As an added bonus, they have also provided entertaining football for their fans, scoring three or more goals in a highly impressive 12 games so far this campaign.

The end result is that the Lions are very handily placed in eighth position in the league with

32 points from their 19 games so far, and they are just three points behind fourth-placed Barton Town Old Boys.

This week has brought success for the Lions in both the league and the cup.

On Saturday, Heanor produced another entertaining display that allowed them to earn a 3-1 win at home to Armthorpe Welfare.

All the goals came in the first half. Nathan Benger’s fifth-minute strike got things going in front of another healthy-sized Town Ground crowd and there were further goals for the Lions before half-time from skipper Nick Hall and goal machine Kieran Debrouwer.

Benger and Debrouwer were also on the scoresheet on Tuesday night as South Normanton Athletic were beaten 2-0 in the second round of the Derbyshire Senior Cup.

The win has earned the Lions a tie in the next round against Conference Premier side Alfreton Town, at a date yet to be determined.

Heanor’s next league game is on Wednesday (November 20), away to Farsley-based Albion Sports, currently level on points with the Lions.

n As the first team are without a game on Saturday, the spotlight turns onto Heanor Town Reserves.

The young Lions have recently been on an excellent run in the Central Midlands League Reserves Supreme Division.

They suffered a 4-1 defeat in their last game against leaders Rainworth MW but will be looking to get another good run started on Saturday at the Town Ground.

They host Matlock Town Reserves, with the game kicking off at 3pm and the team hoping for some good support.