Four Lions - Heanor quartet celebrate landmark achievements

Heanor Town v Hereford''Heanor Town's Kieran Debrouwer''Pic by Dan Westwell
Heanor Town v Hereford''Heanor Town's Kieran Debrouwer''Pic by Dan Westwell

Heanor Town not only celebrated a 7-0 rout of Continental Star on Saturday, but a quartet of impressive landmarks.

Kieran Debrouwer scored his 100th Lions goal in only his 150th appearance, while Nathan Benger and Nick Hall have clocked up 200 appearances, and Gregg Marriott 100.

Debrouwer was modest in his appraisal of his goalscoring record.

“It’s a good achievement, I’m proud of it but it’s a team effort, I don’t do it all myself, a lot of the lads set me up, Nathan (Benger) in the past, Karl (Demidh) today. Hopefully there’s many more to come.”

The prolific scorer believes Heanor will eye a title challenge next season.

He said: “Glen’s added quite a few good lads into the club, it’s probably one of the best dressing rooms we’ve had for a while.

“Obviously the last few weeks results haven’t been there but if Glen adds a couple to what we’ve got we won’t be far off next season at all. We have a good set of lads on and off the pitch.”

Heanor boss Glen Clarence called Saturday a ‘good day all round’ with four players celebrating rare achievements.

He highlighted Debrouwer’s impressive feat, especially for a player who hasn’t been used in an out and out striker role.

“Keano scored his 100th goal, in 150 games. He’s probably played 20 before my time as a central midfielder and 95 per cent of his goals have probably come from wide areas. Different class.”

But Clarence wasn’t a happy man throughout the emphatic victory.

“Overall I’m pleased,” he said.

“No disrespect to Continental Star, they’re bottom of the league for a reason. At 3-0 up the lads got a bit of a rollicking at half-time, we stopped doing what we did to get the lead. We didn’t keep good habits, but the four goals then came from where the first three did, working hard on and off the ball, moving it quickly.

“When you’re playing bottom of the league you’ve got a chance to express yourself. We knew that quality was there, we need to start showing it against better teams.

“If you don’t work hard you don’t create chances, our seven goals came from working hard.”