Heanor give leaders a real test

Belper Sports 5

Heanor Juniors u12s 0

Belper Sports may be at the top of the league but Heanor Juniors had a cracking opening ten minutes in this encounter.

almost all of the action was in Belper’s half of the pitch. Heanor played really well with some brilliant runs by Sam Meakin and Cam Knowles, ably assisted by Alex Wright, Tristan Carlin-Thorpe and captain Harry Vallans.

Heanor were all over Belper, but despite this, could not find the back of the net.

Heanor keeper Kian Simpson found himself with nothing to do until about 12 minutes in. Then Belper found a way into the Heanor half and scored with their first effort. This was swiftly followed by goal number two.

Heanor kept their heads though and never gave up on effort. They still had plenty of shots on (and just off) target, but at half-time it remained 2-0 to Belper.

In the second half, both teams came straight out playing well. Sam Meakin went on a terrific run for Heanor and was brought down just outside the box. He managed to get back on his feet though, not only to play on but take the free kick too. Unfortunately, Heanor did not manage to capitalise on this chance.

Almost halfway through the second half, Belper found the net again. Cam Knowles had a great run shortly after this, fighting through three or four of their players but was pulled down and yet again it was just outside the box.

The free kick was taken, but Heanor did not manage to capitalise on this chance either. Belper replied with two more goals in short succession around the 50 minute mark.

Heanor kept battling and shots were still being fired at goals right up until the last minute. Heanor’s thirst for a goal was noticeable as even defender Dan Holmes found himself upfront and troubling Belper’s keeper.

And so Heanor lost 5-0, although supporters felt like they should have scored about 12.

All supporters and coaches were really impressed with Heanor’s effort and gave them 10 out of 10. Tristan Carlin-Thorpe had a particularly good game and man of the match went to Cameron Knowles.