Lions are back in action as the pre-season games begin

Heanor Town have been involved in their first two pre-season friendlies this week, starting with a trip to Midland Alliance side Heather St Johns on Saturday.

The game resulted in a 1-1 draw with the Lions’ goal coming from the head of Brett Peel, converting an Adam Campbell delivery.

There were plenty of new faces on show and the Lions played some good football despite the sweltering heat.

Bearing in mind this was the first friendly and eight members of the squad were not available, there were plenty of positives to take, not least the great following of supporters.

The Reserves will continue to play in the Reserve Supreme Division of the Central Midlands League, which will consist of 17 teams.

Like the Northern Counties East League, the Central Midlands League plan to start their fixtures on Saturday, August 10, and this includes the Reserve Supreme Division.

The Reserve Premier Division, which next season will consist of 14 teams, will not commence until September 7.

Meanwhile, Heanor Town have announced their new kits for next season. The first team will play in white shirts with black sleeves, black shorts and white socks. The away strip will be maroon shirts, white shorts and maroon socks.

The Northern Counties East League mileage grid has revealed that, in terms of travelling, Heanor Town will be sixth in the distance table, with 1,329 league miles during the course of the season. Long Eaton United will have the second longest mileage of 1,514.

Pickering face the greatest distance of 1,705 miles to complete their 23 away league games.