Goals galore as Lions earn first league win of the campaign

The goals have been flowing for all of Heanor Town’s sides, in a week that has also seen the club announce it is to name a stand after a Lions’ stalwart.

The under 19s played their tenth friendly of this pre-season on Thursday and beat local Sunday side FC Heanor 4-1 in a solid performance.

The first team, meanwhile, travelled to Nostell Miners Welfare on Saturday on secured their first league win.

After letting Nostell grab goals in the first half, they took hold of the game in the second half, eventually winning the game 9-4.

They then travelled to table-topping Thackley on Monday and, although they held the lead for a long period of the match, they went down to two late goals to lose 2-1.

The hard work on the training ground is showing with gritty performances, Courey Grantham, Stef Frost and Adam Nicholls sharing nine goals across the weekend.

The defensive worries are still there but it has been clear the performances of the back four have improved since that first 30 minutes where the side shipped three goals to Maltby Main FC.

The biggest frustration for the club has been the amount of away games in the first weeks of the season. There is no other club in local non-league football that will have been given eight away games at the start.

The management gave Scott Rogers a debut this weekend, coming on as a half-time replacement for Danny O’Donnell on Saturday then making his full debut on Monday. Scott was in Mansfield Town’s squad last season as the Stags earned promotion to League Two.

He commented: “I’d heard a bit about the club and fans from other people but couldn’t imagine it would be as professional as it has been in my first month here. The club on and off the pitch is run as well as any I’ve played for and the fans are on a different level.”

He added “I know with the ability in the changing room that it will come and with the best fans in the league behind us it won’t be long until we really kick on.”

Meanwhile, Heanor Town has announced they will be naming one of their stands in tribute to the years of hard work former secretary Keith Costello has given to the club.

The stand behind the goal will be known as the Keith Costello Stand. Officials have spoken about their respect for Keith for his tireless work.

The first team travel to Armthorpe this Saturday looking to pick up more points.

Armthorpe was a happy hunting ground for Heanor last season, winning 7-0 against the side currently level on points with Heanor. The only difference is goal difference, Heanor currently hold an 8 goal better advantage. The club are again looking to provide travel, if you are interested in travelling please contact the club as soon as possible.