There will need to be some lifting done by the Heanor management ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup tie at Carlton Town (3pm) following last Saturday’s performance against Dunkirk.
Whilst the Lions midfield was generally ineffective, there were other areas of the team which didn’t perform to the best of their ability, but the biggest problem would appear to be finding someone to replace Ashley Grayson.
For more than two years Grayson has been a star performer and it was more than obvious that he was destined to play in a much higher standard of football than the East Midlands Counties League.
And it’s nothing to do with ‘squeaky bums’, but ‘scratching heads’ time to find someone at this level who can go anywhere near to filling Grayson’s boots. From the terraces at least, it would appear that there is no-one on the books capable of getting anywhere near to the standard he set.
But the Heanor management have moved quickly to bring in two new players. Richard Guest is a midfielder who joins from Shepshed Dynamo and Phil Lowry who has been playing in the South and just moved into the area. His father, was a player with Chesterfield FC.
Both should be eligible to be included in the squad for the visit to Carlton this Saturday, and despite the performance last week the Heanor management are optimistic about the chances.
“We are not going there to make the number up”, said Glenn Kirkwood, “We are going there to win. We have had our bad game and hopefully we have got it out of our systems.
“The FA Cup is the biggest leveller in the game. You only get to play in this competition a few times in your career and the name of it alone should be enough to raise spirits.
“We had a good chat in the dressing room after our performance last Saturday and when you see the players you just can’t understand how the confidence appears to have drained out of them after five straight wins.
“One bad result and now we need to regroup. The FA Cup should be just the incentive we need and we will be going to Carlton to prove that point.”
Heanor have agreed that admission prices to the game will be £7 adults and £5 concessions, with the same prices operating for any replay that might take place, and this would be on Wednesday, September 21 on the Town Ground kick off 7.45pm.