Heanor Town cut gap on leaders Hereford

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Heanor Town cut the gap on Midland League Premier Division leaders Hereford after a 3-1 win at Sporting Khalsa.

Sporting had already scalped Heanor twice at the Town Ground this season in the league and the League Cup, and had won 12 of their 13 home league games, whilst the Lions were unbeated on their travels.

Add to this that Heanor’s new signing Karl Demidh had already scored five time for his previous club Rocester against Sporting this season, and the stage was set for a thrilling top-of-the-table clash.

Heanor’s defence took the early honours, with home striker Craig Bannister coming closest with a shot which rattled the crossbar.

On the break, the Lions were ever dangerous and Demidh and Debrouwer both came close to opening up the Sporting rearguard.

Debrouwer was clear in the 27th minute but could get no power in his shot.

The home defence was thrown into chaos on 38 minutes when Debrouwer won a through ball and slipped it through for Karl Demidh to superbly find the bottom corner of the net.

Two minutes later Hall’s free kick was headed on and Demidh turned on a sixpence to fire sharply into the roof of the net.

Sporting ambitions of getting back into the game quickly in the second half took another turn when Joe Naylor met a right wing corner to plant a beautiful header into the net for Heanor’s third.

That the Willenhall-based side got one back through Bannister ten minutes later proved to be a mere consolation.

And with the Heanor defence in superb form it was the Lions who always looked like increasing their lead.

Indeed, they should have done in stoppage time when substitutes Chris Bettney and Matt Harris combined to race clear of the home defence. Bettney drew keeper Pemberton off his line and slipped the ball to Harris who somehow managed to find the tree tops behind the goal from inside the six yard box when faced with an empty goal.

Heanor Town: McCormack, Marriott, Bowler, Hall, Simpson, Lynch, Smith Harris 90+4), Naylor (J), Demidh (Abdollahi 90+8), Debrouwer, Cooper (Bettney 88). Substitutes not used - Moran, Warner