Home loss for Heanor

The only plus for Heanor Town from this defeat against Pickering Town on Saturday was the return of Brett Peel for his first game since August 26,following illness.

But it was another woeful performance from the Lions, who have not won now for eight games.

Jamie Patterson went close to touching the visitors ahead after ten minutes, and Kyle Bryant was through at the other end until the referee saw an infringement which many others didn’t and pulled him back for a free kick.

When you are going through a spell like the Lions are at the moment, it seems that they are not getting the ‘rub of the green’.

The first half had that end-of-season look about it and had 0-0 written all over it until Liam Shepherd hammered home a 31st minute shot on the turn to lift things out of the doldrums.

Sadly though, it made little difference to an encounter that can only be considered drab.

And when two defensive errors in a five-minute spell early in the second half allowed Joe Danby to put the visitors into an unassailable lead (52 and 57 minutes), the game was all over bar the shouting.

The introduction of Adam Barratt with a quarter of an hour to go wasn’t altogether the turning point.

It was the result of moving Danny Fields into midfield at this point which seems to give Heanor more impetus than they had shown all game up to that point.

Kyle Bryant fired narrowly over the angle with ten minutes left and Fields himself, set up by Bryant, in the 84th minute, missed another chance to cut the deficit and provide a storming finale.

But when the chips are down, they seem to stay down as eight points from the last 13 games would seem to prove.

n Last Thursday (April 18), the Lions lost their rearranged local derby at home to Long Eaton United 4-2.

The goalscorers for Heanor Town were Kyle Bryant and Neil Grayson.