Heanor move into top eight after their latest victory

Josh Raven on Heanor Town
Josh Raven on Heanor Town

Heanor Town FC are doing all they can to avoid complacency in their quest for success this season, after their latest victory lifted them into the top eight of the Northern Counties East League Premier Division.

The recent fantastic form of the side has coincided with the consistency in tactics and also in playing staff.

It is testament that the form of Messrs Holmes, Hall and Moran that Lee Stevenson, the current longest serving player, cannot break into the starting line-up.

The goals are being shared around the team with both central defenders bagging a goal each in the weekend’s 5-2 win over Pickering Town.

Kieran Debrouwer is obviously doing his bit to push Heanor Town towards the summit of the Northern Counties East League.

His 24 goals is a remarkable achievement and he must be credited for his grounded attitude to his goal tally.

Saturday saw him bag his sixth hat-trick in the last nine games.

Competition for places looks possible to increase with a couple of players on the radar, although nothing is confirmed as yet.

Since the start of the season, there have been a number of players leave; Cory Bowler, Adam Campbell, Danny O’Donnell, Alex Haughton, Stef Frost, Ryan Booker, Scott Rogers, Ryan Bowen and Jay Cooper have all gone on to play football elsewhere, leaving the depth of the squad a little short of late.

Last Wednesday, the Lions earned a 1-1 draw in their local derby at Long Eaton United and Saturday’s victory over Pickering extended their current unbeaten run in all competitions to seven games.

Last night (Wednesday), they were due to undertake a difficult away trip at Bridlington Town after the News went to press.

Heanor then travel to Parkgate on Saturday.

Their hosts currently occupy 21st position in the league, and the following week the Lions will face Armthorpe Welfare, who are in 17th place in the league at the time of writing.

Heanor will show both these sides the respect they deserve.

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But with the side playing as they are, it would surprise many if Heanor don’t collect a haul of points to keep them in the promotion chase.

The following Tuesday (November 12) has been announced as the date for the Derbyshire Senior Cup second round visit of South Normanton Athletic, the Central Midlands League side managed by former Borrowash Vics boss Mark Wilson.

The Shiners’ squad contains a couple of former Lions in Danny Roberts and Ben Greenhalgh.

It is at the third round stage that clubs such as Belper, Ilkeston, Derby and Chesterfield enter the competition. Hopefully The Lions can book a home tie with one of those to replicate the fantastic atmosphere created at the recent friendly match with Derby County.

The under 19 management have made public their desire that local talent contact the club as soon as possible.

If you are between the age of 16 and 19 and want to represent your local club, and are of the required standard, please contact manager Ash Pearson on 07916 289125 to arrange a trial at a training session.