Fourth defeat in a row for Heanor reserves

Heanor Town Reserves 2

Graham St Prims Reserves 5

The young Lions suffered their fourth successive defeat, but it was only their second home loss of the season, writes Stan Wilton.

Jack Smith brought a tremendous save out of Keston Marques before Luke Duerden gave the Lions the lead on 25 minutes, direct from a viciously swinging corner.

The lead lasted barely a minute before Mark Raisin raced through a static home defence to restore parity.

Louis Mundin surprised even himself when his looping header from a left wing cross dropped over Pickworth and into the net to give the visitors the lead on 34 minutes.

Worse was to come when Raisin raced onto another through ball to make it 3-1 three minutes before the break, and Liam Oliver’s sweetly struck shot from some distance finished up in the top corner seven minutes into the second period.

Heanor’s heads never went down and they played some tremendous football but lacked the cutting edge to bring them back into the game.

That was until Andreas Kokkinou drifted brilliantly down the left to cross for Josh Henrys to score with a tremendous volley on the run after 69 minutes.

However, there was to be no late fightback from the Young Lions as Prims added a fifth in stoppage time as Raisin completed his hat-trick with a penalty.

TEAM: Pickworth, Davis, Palmer (J), Shaw (Pearson 57), Bull, Barber (Knifton

51), Kokkinou, Duerden, Henrys, Smith, Storer (Pearson). Substitute not used –