Lions bounce back in fine style at Parkgate

Ben Wallace, Heanor Town FC''Photo by Paul Morley
Ben Wallace, Heanor Town FC''Photo by Paul Morley

Heanor Town produced another flurry of goals on Saturday to beat hosts Parkgate 5-1 in the NCEL Premier Division.

The Lions went into this game after their 5-0 defeat at Bridlington in the week that had ended a seven-game unbeaten streak, and were looking to get back on track.

Heanor included recent signing Anton Daniel in the squad. The tricky winger signing from Real United in the week.

The game began with chances for both sides, Moran nearly taking the lead for Heanor in the fifth minute, heading over when well placed. Parkgate’s Foltyn-Brown nearly took the lead a minute later but his strike was collected easily by Frost.

It was Foltyn-Brown who turned Heanor’s task into an uphill one in the 12th minute, finding himself in space 25 yards from goal and, noticing Frost off his line, he managed to lift his shot just out of the reach of the ‘keeper.

Parkgate’s Matt Plant may have seen red in the 33rd minute, his challenge on Moran by the corner flag only warranting a yellow card, especially after the referee showed lenience on Heanor’s Holmes earlier in the game for a foul.

Gerry Moran, who had covered every blade of grass trying to create something, brought Heanor level on 36 minutes. Nick Hall’s great feet in the area created space to set Moran up at the back post, his first goal for Heanor.

The second half started with a Heanor barrage, Debrouwer’s effort in the 50th minute being tipped wide. The resulting corner was half-cleared by Parkgate’s defence to Chris Shaw, and the experienced defender’s cross found the head of Matt Blake who in turn found the back of the net.

As soon as that goal went in, it was clear what the outcome of the match would be, and on 59 minutes Debrouwer fed Raven, who had taken up an advanced position. Cutting inside, he unleashed a shot that flew in the bottom corner, beating Watson at his near post.

Debrouwer turned on the style in the 76th minute, his trickery taking him past four defenders before slamming the ball home into the same space Raven had found earlier. The striker’s 25th goal of the season was met with a great cheer from the 50 or so travelling fans.

Heanor wrapped up the win in the 89th minute. Nathan Benger rolling home Holmes’s cross from close range to give a four-goal advantage.

Benger seems to provide the perfect partnership with Kieran Debrouwer, and long may the form they are both showing continue.