Heanor Town boss Glen Clarence says he is happy with the progress his young side are making.
Town secured back to back home wins against lowly Liversedge and title contenders Staveley Miners Welfare to creep back to seventh in the table with 47 points from 24 games.
And, whilst the management team at the club don’t have the league title on their radar, the main aim is to give young players the NCEL experience they will need if they are to become first team regulars.
Heanor have the second best defence in the NCEL and with a flow of young, talented players joining the experienced players currently in the first team.
Manager Glen Clarence said: “We were good today, we carried on from the second half from last week.
“We tried to have a go and we started as the best side and played some really good football. Staveley looked sharp for the last 20 minutes, but I thought we would always win it.
“I don’t want us to hold onto 1-0 scorelines any more, if we have to win 11-10 we will. Credit to the whole team, but the defence put their bodies on the line for the result. When Staveley scored we had to show the character we’ve been missing for a while.
“The winning goal was scored by Sam Jones, a player who has been a revelation for us. He was the player today that we saw at Retford last season and for us earlier this season. Sam is back to his best”
Chris Shaw has been made club captain, a move that hasn’t been quick in coming with the management waiting to make the correct decision.
Shaw replaces Nick Hall in the role and said, “It’s a massive privilege to have the arm band. It shows that Glen has a lot of respect for me and I’ll lead the team on the pitch.
“The lads have put a shift in today, they’ve done it for the last month. It showed today how far we have come in that time. We’ve worked hard in training and I need to re-iterate what Glen said about Sam Jones, he is the player we wanted to sign in the summer.”
The Lions host second place Cleethorpes Town FC on Saturday, a side who have won their last seven matches in a row. With Heanor starting to find their feet after players departing and a new style of playing, the result is not guaranteed for the side from the coast.
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