Lions extend unbeaten run in league to five matches

Heanor Town bounced back from last week’s Derbyshire Senior Cup semi-final defeat in exciting style by earning a 4-3 win over local rivals Long Eaton United on Saturday.

The Lions were 3-0 down at half-time against United, who by that time had been reduced to ten men.

The introduction of Gerry Moran and debutant Luke Crosby had the desired effect as the former scored the winner and the latter grabbed a hat-trick.

The debut has been a long time coming for Crosby. He joined from Belper United at the end of January but, due to the bad weather and the fact that he was cup tied, he had to wait over three weeks for that first Lions appearance.

The win means the Lions are unbeaten in the last five league games, a sequence stretching back to December 14.

They are now in ninth spot in the league, with 53 points in their 29 games to date.

On Saturday, they make the short trip to take on eight-placed Retford United in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division while Wednesday, March 4 sees the Lions away at Brighouse, currently third in the table.

n Aldercar Community Language College will open its doors to a female futsal league starting tonight (Thursday).

The league, which will be a first for Derbyshire, has six teams participating.

Aldercar Community Language College is excited to launch the female league and aims to replicate the success of the existing male league.

Tom Nelson of Aldercar Community Language College said: “This a step forward for not only us but for the female game in Derbyshire. Ladies should also have the option to play in well organised recreational sessions. Futsal is just one of them. We are proud to be the first place to offer a female futsal league and can’t wait for it to kick off!”

The female league will operate on the last Thursday of every month between February and June.

Aston Villa duo and Women Super League players Georgia Hewitt and Maddy Cusack are the VIP guests who will launch the league tonight.

Both Georgia and Maddy will be there to see the six teams in action: Alfreton Ladies, Derby County Ladies, Little Eaton Ladies, Notts County Ladies and two teams made up of friends from Derbyshire and Leicestershire.

The league is for all abilities, whether you are a club or individual and if you are interested in being part of season two in July or would like to know more about it, contact Tom Nelson on 01773 712 477 (ext 201)