Heanor Town go into the final week of a long, action-packed and goal-filled league season looking to bounce back from consecutive defeats sustained over the last few days.
On Saturday, Glen Clarence’s side lost 3-0 at Pickering Town, who subsequently leapfrogged them into the top six of the Northern Counties East League Premier Division as a result of that victory.
The Lions have been hampered by injuries and suspensions as they keep up their hectic schedule, fitting in games that had to be rearranged due to the exceptionally wet weather in January and February.
On Tuesday night, they suffered another heavy away defeat, losing 4-0 at Worksop Parramore.
Worksop had beaten the Lions 3-0 at the Town Ground only 12 days earlier and moved into the lead on Tuesday with a strike by Richard Tootle on 15 minutes.
Seven minutes before the break, the lead was doubled thanks to a strike from Nathan Forbes-Swindells, who also scored at the Town Ground.
Ten minutes into the second half, Sam Smith put the game to bed with a third and the scoring was concluded on the hour, with a goal from Callum Ward.
Despite these back-to-back defeats, the Lions are still very healthily placed in seventh position.
They have 74 points from their 42 games to date and are just one point below sixth, so a top six finish is still very much within their grasp.
There are now two remaining games for the Lions in the league.
First up, they are at home to Parkgate on Saturday (3pm kick off).
Parkgate are currently sitting in 19th position in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division.
The Lions’ league campaign finishes on Saturday, April 26, with an away game at Barton Town Old Boys, who are third in the division.
This game also gets under way at 3pm.
Sandwiched in between these matches is the eagerly-awaited League Cup semi-final.
This sees the Lions play host to Eccleshill United on Tuesday, April 22 (7.45pm) as they bid for a place in the cup final that would end their already successful season in fine style.