Heanor Town Reserves lost their Central Midlands League Reserve Supreme Division game at Dunkirk Reserves 3-1, writes Stan Wilton.
A number of players were missing through various reasons and goalkeeper Jason Longdon was drafted in as a central defender. There was also a debut for Mitchell Dring.
Both Marshall and Buxton almost got Heanor moving from the off as Dunkirk rode their luck.
Then the home side hit back with Matson and Pemberton both scuffing chances. The Boatmen took the lead five minutes before the break when a throw-in caused confusion in the visitors’ defence and Pemberton reacted quickest to fire the ball home. It was nearly two, but Kokkinou and James both cleared off the line before the break.
Dunkirk made a change at the interval, Moore making way for Wedderburn who instantly caused the Heanor defence problems with his pace.
Heanor got back into the game on 64 minutes after Kokkinou was felled on the edge of the box and Riley buried the free kick.
Cherry pushed a Henson shot round the post at the other end but Dunkirk were back in the lead on 72 minutes when Macauley Duik jinked inside two players and fired home from eight yards.
With Heanor pushing for an equaliser, Dunkirk capitalised with a breakaway goal. Cherry tried to clear the ball but the ball hit Gray and fell nicely for him to tap into an empty net.
The reserves are at home to Allenton United Reserves on Saturday in the first round of the Reserve League Cup (kick off 3pm.)