Heanor defence lays foundations for success

Glen Clarence
Glen Clarence

Heanor Town coach Steve Huntington has praised his team’s solid defence which has laid the foundations for succeess.

Town extended their recent good form to just one defeat in thirteen league and cup games with their latest win at the weekend.

The Lions have continued the impressive early start they made, claiming the title of having the Northern Counties East League Premier Division’s best defence, conceding just 14 goals in 17 games.

Huntington said: “We’ve looked like scoring goals and we are trying to do the right things, it isn’t the strikers fault that we haven’t scored more as they aren’t getting the luck.

“We have only lost one in 13 and we are very difficult to beat, this gives us the chance to go on and win games.

“Different people have different perspectives on coaching, for me I’d rather it be a nil every week, if we won 1-0 every week we’d go on and win the league.”

Man of the match on Saturday, Danny Booth, also praised the hard work of the defence since he joined Heanor back in September.

“It gives you freedom to play. The five behind me will do their job and keep the ball out of the net. I’ve got freedom to get forward and express myself,” he said.”

Heanor will be looking to continue that superb defence when they return to FA Vase action at the weekend when they face Coleshill Town.

The Lions move onto the FA Vase on Saturday, Coleshill Town FC the visitoris to The Town Ground. Coleshill are currently 6th in the Midland League, 6 places above AFC Wulfrunians who Heanor beat in the replay of the last round.

Coleshill are a relatively unknown quantity to Heanor Town FC, but with their recent run of one defeat in four, Heanor should take advantage of their recent poor form.

The FA Vase is the second highest priority for Heanor Town FC this season, behind the effort of the Northern Counties East League and the club are appealing for all football supporters in the Heanor area to come along and help cheer the club into the next round.

Manager Glen Clarence said: “We have hard work in preparation for the FA Vase 2nd Round match and give ourselves the best possible chance of getting into the third round of a national competition.”

The Lions will face near neighbours Ilkeston FC at The Town Ground on Tuesday 9th December in the Derbyshire Senior Cup and it is expected to be a bumper crowd in front of a local derby.

This is the third year in a row that Heanor have faced Ilkeston in the DSC, but this is the first time Heanor have hosted the tie.

With confidence being high at Heanor Town FC at the minute and Glen Clarence proving Heanor have the ability to break down higher league opponents, Ilkeston FC must surely see the tie as a banana skin.

Match sponsorship is available for both the Coleshill Town FC fixture and the Ilkeston FC fixture, if anyone is interested please contact the club as soon as possible.