Heanor Town now know that their opponents in the second qualifying round of the FA Vase on Saturday, September 15, will be fellow Northern Counties East League neighbours Arnold Town, who successfully overcame East Midlands Counties League side Thurnby Nirvana 5-3 last Saturday.
It will be a game in which the Lions will be looking to extract some revenge from, having lost the league encounter at home to the Eagles last month by the odd-goal-of-three.
Since that game Matty Baxter has crossed over the divide to play, and score, for Arnold, whilst long-time target Jamie (Jimmy Spiers) has moved in the opposite direction to the Town Ground and could well have made the squad for last night’s (Wednesday) league game against Tadcaster Albion.
The Tadcaster game last night started a run of five successive home games for the first team.
On Saturday Armthorpe Welfare pay a return visit in a game rearranged due to original opponents Maltby Main being involved in the FA Cup.
It is just three weeks ago since the Lions visited Church Lane and won 7-1, registering their first win at Step 5 level, but as everyone knows, it will not be as easy second time round and Armthorpe, who are managed by much-travelled Leo Fortune-West, who arrived via Doncaster Rovers during the summer, are sure to be a much tougher nut to crack.
Next Wednesday Staveley Miners Welfare are in town to do battle for Northern Counties East League points and they have made a solid start to their season.
The north-Derbyshire side were well in line for one of the promotion places last season until a great run in the FA Vase where they were beaten at the semi-final stage, left them far too heavy a programme at the end of the campaign to maintain their challenging position.
Staveley are expected to be one of the teams challenging for an Evo-Stik League place come the end of the season.
In preparation for this week’s games the Lions trained on Saturday and put a few new things in place. Jimmy Spiers is nearing match fitness having played very little football so far this season, and is likely to be involved in the squad for Saturday’s match with Armthorpe.