Heanor Town FC played the first of a potential 60 games this season on Saturday, and lost to hosts Maltby Main FC 4-2.
Sadly, the performances of most the squad were not up to the standard required by the management team, as manager Glen Clarence outlined.
“It goes without saying that giving your opponents the licence to bully you into giving four cheap goals away in the first 20 minutes isn’t an ideal start.
“After that it was very unlikely we would get anything from the game.
“We did improve in the second half and even with ten men, we were the better side. “
But he added: “The lads will put this game behind them and will bounce back.”
Defender Brett Peel scored the club’s first goal of the season and Heanor had more efforts on goal than the hosts, proving the desire to get forward exists.
The club moved to bring centre-back Matt Blake to the club before the weekend, the strong player signing from Quorn FC, where he ended last season as captain and player of the year.
This season Heanor could face a possible 60 games this season in their pursuit of success.
It has to be noted that already this summer they have had a number of successes on and off the field.
The Heanor Town FC Social Club has seen a transformation.
The ground has been developed, new fencing around the perimeter and brand new dugouts have been built in order to hold more substitutes and management.
The 12th Man Supporters Club is keen to raise funds in order to support the new look Heanor Town. They are running a cash draw. The first prize is £100 and second prize is £50. Tickets are only £1 each and are available from any supporters club official.
The draw will be made on the evening on The Lions first home match, Tadcaster Albion on September 11, at 7.45pm.
The club’s run of away matches at the start of the season continued last night at Athersley Rec and this Saturday, they are away at Retford in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round.
Hopefully by the end of this run of away games, Heanor have collected a haul of points to give them a solid base for the rest of the season. A good cup run in one, if not both, the national cups would certainly give the fans something to cheer. The financial benefits of a good cup run will also be beneficial to the club’s future.