Heanor hope for a return to action in local derby

You really do not expect a foot of snow in March.

For those who can rememberit, I am told that the last time we had three days of continuous snow was back in1947. Let’s hope it’s another 66 years before we get another dose like that!

If the weather has left clubs with a rather more congested end-of-season fixture list than they imagined, then think about the poor league fixture secretaries around the country, who have to scratch their heads fitting in all the matches which have to be rearranged.

And one of those is Andy Harland of the Central Midlands League who, apart from the senior sides in his league has to try to balance the books with the Reserve Supreme Division, where there are clubs with first teams in the Evo Stik Premier Division, Evo Stik Division One South, Northern Counties East League Premier Division, Northern Counties East League Division One, East Midlands Counties League, as well as his own senior divisions. A nightmare.

Heanor Town will face a considerably bigger finish to the season than they anticipated, although with a 42-match fixture list throughout the season they are in a reasonable position with just eight games left, subject to this latest dollop of snow retreating at a modest pace and not leaving floods.

There is some comfort in the knowledge that last Saturday’s postponed game at Worksop Parramore, along with the rest of the postponed fixtures in the Northern Counties East League, have been arranged for Saturday, May 4.

The only game to beat the weather last Saturday in the NCEL was the Premier Division game between Scarborough Athletic and Tadcaster Albion, in which two late goals took the Bridlington-based home team back to the top of the table.

On Saturday, the Lions’ nearest geographical neighbours, Long Eaton United, are due to visit the Town Ground for a league game for the first time in more than a decade.

And following their 3-2 win at Grange Park earlier in the season, Heanor will look forward to a possible double in the race to be the league’s top Derbyshire side over the season.

The Town Ground kick off is 3pm, weather permitting.

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Should the weather once again intervene it will be the first time in living memory

that an Easter Saturday game involving the Lions has been called off.

On Easter Monday Heanor face the long journey to Pickering Town for a 3pm

kick off.

Heanor’s remaining fixtures for the season are:-

Saturday 6th April: Nostell Miners Welfare (away)

Wednesday 10th April: Barton Town Old Boys (away)

Saturday 13th April: Glasshoughton Welfare (away)

Saturday 20th April: Pickering Town (Home)

Wednesday 24th April: Liversedge (Home)

Saturday 27th April: Parkgate (away)

Saturday 4th May: Worksop Parramore (away)

The Reserves have no game over the Easter Holiday. Their remaining fixtures


Saturday 6th April: Dronfield Town Reserves (home)

Tuesday 9th April: Long Eaton United Reserves (away)

Saturday 13th April: Staveley Miners Welfare Reserves (home)

Wednesday 17th April: South Normanton Athletic Reserves (home)

Saturday 20th April: Teversal Reserves (away)

Wednesday 24th April: South Normanton Athletic Reserves (away)

Two games have to be rearranged: Borrowash Victoria Reserves (away) and

Rainworth Miners Welfare Reserves home).