It’s Pannell in for Heanor but Webster moves on

Heanor town v Hall road rangers
Heanor town v Hall road rangers

Oliver Pannell is the latest player to join the Town Ground ranks.

The 18-year-old goalkeeper comes on loan from Lincoln City and although he didn’t have a lot to do in Saturday’s 3-0 win at home to Hall Road Rangers, he did enough to suggest he will be a tremendous asset to Heanor Town while regular custodian Damien Clark is out.

Clark injured his knee in training, causing him to miss last Saturday’s game, and he will be out for the Lions’ next three matches due to suspension.

On the outgoing side, Gary Webster has, sadly, decided to leave the club and join Central Midlands League outfit Sutton Town.

In his three and a half year-spell with the Lions, Gary Webster made 163 appearances andscored 24 goals.

At last Saturday’s game, the Lions were presented with the Northern Counties East League’s Fair Play Award for December and January.

This was an enormous honour for the club in their first season in the league.

Due to circumstances beyond the club’s control, the presentation to Lee Stevenson for completing 200 appearances for the first team in the game at Maltby Main was not made at last Saturday’s game.

But the presentation will bemade at the home game with Scarborough Athletic on March 2 .

Meanwhile, work has started on the ground improvements necessary to bring the Town Ground up to an F grade for continued membership of the Northern Counties East League Premier Division.

Chairman John McCulloch has assured the league and supporters that the work will be completed on time.

Funds for financing the improvement are in place, but the club is always on the lookout for inspirational help, either financial or otherwise.

Alternate methods of financing, and ongoing ground improvements, are being sought, and in some cases, explored.

The Lions are on the road on Saturday with a first visit to Thackley for more than two decades (3pm) while the Reserves, will entertain Long Eaton United Reserves (3pm).

A fourth attempt will be made to play the home league game against Brighouse next Wednesday, March 5 (7.45pm).