Landmark win for the Lions

by Stan Wilton

In their last home first team game of the season, Heanor Town at last managed to record their 1,000th league win since the War, beating Liversedge 3-0.

After eight games without a win, it took Heanor just five minutes to go ahead with a cracking 35-yard shot from Kyle Bryant which went in via the underside of the bar.

But it wasn’t one-way traffic by any means and Oliver Pannell had to turn a Matt Bugg cross shot round the post in the 14th minute.

At the other end, a cross from Phil Austin managed to elude everyone in a crowded box and go out on the other side of the pitch for a throw in.

Tom Cooper-Richards almost got through on his own but wasted his shot by firing wildly over the bar.

Blythe saved a Jordan Hall flick when Cooper-Richards put him in on 32 minutes and Wiley sent a first time shot narrowly wide.

Liversedge had as much of the play as Heanor but the Lions’ defence was well marshalled by Nico DeGirolamo and Brett Peel.

Hall shot inches over the bar at the start of the second half and Stevenson raced onto a cross and brought a good save out of Blythe.

Liversedge had the ball in the net twice but both were ruled out for off-side.

If the first Heanor goal was a classic, so was the second on 69 minutes, Dwayne Wiley heading in superbly a fine cross from Grayson.

Liversedge looked to have pulled a goal back when Bojang set up Rothel, but the latter’s shot was into the side netting.

Three minutes after coming on as a substitute, Josh Thomas got Heanor’s third with a shot which goalkeeper Blythe couldn’t hold and the ball trickled slowly into the back of the net with ten minutes left.

Pannell saved a Rothel free kick which he couldn’t have seen much of round the defensive wall. He did well to hang onto the ball.

Stevenson had twice failed to find the target and came close again with a couple of minutes left but again his well hit shot drifted wide of the target.