Heanor Town FC overcame bogey side Maltby Main with an industrious performance in front of a healthy crowd of 179 at The Town Ground on Saturday.
Town left it late and eventually won it with a single goal from Kieran Wells on 77 minutes.
Heanor had started well and very nearly had the lead within the first five minutes when Grantham’s shot rebounded off the post to Richards who failed to beat the defender on the line as the ball was cleared for a corner.
Debrouwer then had three chances in three minutes, starting in the 26th minute with a shot Ben Brunt saved easily.
The next move saw him fire across goal and less than a minute later another Debrouwer effort sailed agonisingly wide.
As the half came to a close it was assistant manager, James Baker, who deputised for the suspended Ian Deakin in goal, who kept the scores level.
Brian Cusworth, formerly of Alfreton, found himself in good space inside the six yard box, he fired at goal fully expecting to see the ball land in the back of the net but Baker stretched out his palm and turned the ball away from goal.
Ross Henshaw was gifted a chance at goal three minutes into the second half when a corner cleared out to him eight yards out saw a real centre half strike back at goal as the ball flew over the bar and the stand behind the goal.
On 79 minutes it was full -back Greg Marriott who found space on the right side to join the attack, his effort just wide of the upright.
The winning goal, in what was a great advert for Northern Counties East League football, came 13 minutes from time.
Kieran Wells had again been a nuisance in the penalty area and found himself clear of the back line to cushion a head over the stranded Brunt and into the top corner of the goal.
In a match where Maltby did their upmost to stop all things positive by Heanor it was a credit to the hard work of The Lions.
Heanor Town: Baker, Marriott, Shaw, Hawes, Henshaw, Strzyzewski, Debrouwer, Booth, Wells, Richards (Thompson 78 mins), Grantham.
Sub not used: Andrews, Gregory, Hartshorn, Naylor.
Star Lion: Daniel Booth.