Gr-eight win for the Lions

Stef Frost of Heanor Town''Photo by Paul Morley
Stef Frost of Heanor Town''Photo by Paul Morley

Heanor Town went on the rampage on Saturday as they put eight goals past East Midlands Counties League side Aylestone Park FC in The FA Vase Second Round Qualifying.

It only took five minutes for the deadlock to be broken, a scramble in the area after a pinpoint cross from debutant Chris Shaw saw Aylestone defender Jeremy Peace nearly rip the back of his own net with a sliced clearance.

Aylestone decided to take the game to Heanor and Kieran Linnett managed to break the offside trap and equalise with a lob on 13 minutes.

Courey Grantham was a constant pest for the Aylestone defence and Heanor had a number of corners in the first half.

It was through a Heanor corner that Aylestone scored their second goal.

Leaving the defence two on two, it was easy for Linnett to break free again. His shot from 25 yards sailed almost in slow motion into the bottom corner of the goal.

Going a goal down spurred Heanor on, giving them the desire and focus that they had needed.

When Grantham made a run behind the Aylestone defence in the 22nd minute, Peace felled the young forward inside the penalty area. Debrouwer calmly struck the ball to the keeper’s left side.

The second half was all about the Lions as they scored six times to run out 8-2 winners.

Cory Bowler was replaced by Brett Peel and it took just two minutes for Grantham to plant his header past Mike Brookes in Aylestone’s net.

This sparked a crazy spell of attacking football from The Lions. Matt Blake scored his first for the club with a headed effort in the 49th minute, Grantham got his second in the 53rd minute after rounding the goalkeeper, Debrouwer scored his second on the hour,

Grantham went and bagged his hat-trick in the 72nd minute, as did Debrouwer in the in the 82nd minute, with almost a carbon copy of his first goal, taking the ball down and finishing with confidence.

Debrouwer’s hat-trick made him the fourth player to score a treble for Heanor, in only the tenth game of the season, a remarkable statistic for the club.

Heanor’s eight-goal haul made them the highest scorers in The FA Vase Second Round Qualifying.