Heanor up to second

Heanor Town’s third home win in eight days elevated them to second in the East Midlands Counties League table.

But despite a fantastic fight-back from 3-1 down at the interval to take all the points against Bardon Hill last weekend, joint manager Glenn Kirkwood was far from happy with the attitude of some of the players not involved in the game.

“Players want to leave the club because they have been on the bench for the last three matches” said Kirkwood. “I can’t understand the mentality of some players. They don’t seem to have any pride in being part of a successful squad.

“I am so disappointed with players who feel that we should change the team just to fit them in. We have scored 19 goals in our last three games and got nine points. Surely they don’t expect us to change a winning side.

“We have an excellent squad of talented players here at Heanor and we won’t have an unchanged squad for ever. There will injuries, work problems, and even loss of form and it is up to players to be part of the squad and grab the opportunity with both hands when it comes.

“Every week Craig Hopkins and myself take telephone calls from players wanting to come to the club, and those who don’t get a game every week will need to show their value to the squad.”

There is better news on George Walker who is nearing fitness. George has been around the club for a long time following his serious knee injury and there are hopes that he will be fit in time to play a part in the Derbyshire Senior Challenge Cup tie against Borrowash Victoria next month.

“George has turned up week in and week out to be part of the squad even when he was not fit. He has been so loyal to the club that it is impossible to judge just how loyal and some of our players today should look at George as an example and follow his lead”, ended Kirkwood.

Last Saturday’s game against Bardon Hill was the one hundredth game in charge for Hopkins and Kirkwood. Fifty-six of these games have been won during which time the Lions have score 276 goals and finished seventh and third in the league.

What was originally an open date on Saturday, October 15 has now been filled in with a visit to Oadby Town in the East Midlands Counties League. This is one of the dates which the Lions would normally be the standing team because of only 19 clubs in the league, but the success of Barrow Town in the FA Cup means that the Lions will not be out of action on that date.

Club officials are delighted to see support for the team increasing. Following the glut of goals in the last three home matches there has been significant increase in the support suggesting that the people of Heanor and district are beginning to believe that the town now has a football team worthy of support once again.