It has been a good week for Heanor Town Reserves as they extended their unbeaten home record to seven wins and a draw.
On Wednesday evening, they followed their seniors into the hat for the Third Round draw of their respective County Cup by defeating Swanwick Pentrich Road Reserves 3-2 with a last gasp winner.
Heanor found themselves two goals down inside the first nine minutes as the visitors made a sparkling start. Guy Wilding fired them in front in the second minute from the penalty spot and Ian Milsom doubled the lead in a goalmouth scramble.
Jake Davis pulled one back for Heanor within a couple of minutes of the restart and although Judson was the busier of the two custodians, Cherry was also called into action a couple of times.
Jake Buxton fired home after Alex Marshall’s shot had been blocked by Judson with nine minutes remaining to restore parity.
Judson almost single handedly took the game into extra time with three excellent saves. But, five minutes into stoppage time he was beaten by a cracking Jake Buxton shot which took the Lions into round three.
Another excellent turn-out saw the Lions grab three more points last Saturday when Matlock Town Reserves were beaten in an excellent and exciting game.
Both sides played some splendid football in the first half with Heanor ending 45 minutes of goalless stalemate just about the better side.
Alex Marshall gave Heanor a great start to the second half when he rifled home a 22-yard shot low and like a bullet just inside the upright. Jake Buxton latched onto a Ross Cherry goal kick on 52 minutes, outpaced the Matlock defence and steered the ball beyond Marco Taaffe for a second Heanor goal.
Both sides attacked hard and produced some exciting and entertaining football.
Third-placed Matlock pulled a goal back on 75 minutes when James Hill’s shot from 12 yards through a ruck of players unsighted Cherry, and they put on good pressure in the remaining time to try to salvage a point, but the Heanor defence was in no mood to surrended.
Indeed, it was Heanor who created the better chances in these remaining minutes. Both teams deserved the standing ovation they got at the end.