Five goals at Greenwood Meadows last Saturday brought the Lions total league goals for the season to 96 and the overall total for the season to 119. The 43 goals the Lions have scored away in league matches this season is by far the best record in the league to date.
But as Heanor Town’s season runs into their last nine games, or hopefully ten if they can fashion a League Cup Final appearance, they will be happy to continue the run which has seen them win their last four games.
“The first goal of any game is always an important one”, said joint manager Glenn Kirkwood as he reflected on a squad which little more than a week ago looked as strong as any in the league but which has now suffered some departures.
“Danny Claridge is still registered with us but has chosen to get some regular football with Staveley MW; Mark Frost appears to have left the club following losing his first team place; Adam Campbell has returned to Blackwell MW without kicking a ball for us; and Kieran Debrouwer, when he satisfactorily clears his outstanding debts with the club, will have his registration terminated.
Asked about Adam Campbell returning to Blackwell, Mr Kirkwood said: “He claimed at our game at Bardon Hill before the kick off that his grandmother had been rushed into hospital and he needed to get back. It turned out to be a pack of lies. He just didn’t want to be a substitute.”
Rockie White has his own business and that is taking his time at the moment whilst Julian Capuano has a knee injury. But there is good news that Mark Littlewood is back in the squad after a season long injury and the three match suspension which Graham Wells was hit with has now been served.
The Heanor management were delighted with their first clean sheet of the year last week and were full of praise for goalkeeper Neil West who came into the side and did an excellent job. Neil came in to replace new signing Tom Gutteridge whose wife gave birth to their first child in midweek.
Gutteridge is keen to be at his wife’s side for a while and the Heanor management hope that the loan arrangement with Carlton Town over Neil West will stand until such problems have been overcome.
As predicted last week, the Heanor following gave Greenwood Meadows their best home gate of the season, and the Lions players and management were delighted once again with the support they got.
Support will be needed on Saturday when the Lions visit their neighbours Holbrook Sports (3pm) for a vital league game.
Shaw Lane has never been a particularly happy hunting ground for Heanor, but the fact that Holbrook have only played nine home games so far this season, the least number of home games by any side in the league, might be something which works in the visitors favour.
With the Reserves having no game on Saturday Heanor are hoping for a big following for the short journey.
There are big worries over the Reserve side at the moment though. They have conceded 33 goals in their last five games and after promising better form in the early part of the campaign have now slipped back into their old ways and are in the bottom three in the league table.
Having finished bottom last season, and comprehensively so, they might find relegation staring them in the face at the end of this season if they slip into the bottom two.