Lions gain revenge for Thackley loss

Lee Stevenson celebrates with Heanor fans after scoring 'Photo by Paul Morley
Lee Stevenson celebrates with Heanor fans after scoring 'Photo by Paul Morley

Heanor Town gained revenge for their home thrashing earlier in the season by Thackley when the visitors walked away from the Town Ground with a 5-0 win.

Their 2-1 first ever win at Dennyfield was well merited with an excellent display which player/manager Jordan Hall described simply as “a great result.”

The win takes the Lions up to tenth place in the table and with a great chance of claiming a top six finish as only five points separate six clubs currently holding spots from fifth to 11th.

The top four look to be opening up an unchallengeable gap and, therefore, a top six finish would not only be a remarkable achievement for a Heanor side in their first season as a Step Five club, but a real feather in their cap having seemingly overcome a mid-season crisis due to the enforced change of manager.

Jordan Hall has settled in well, and he has a more than able assistant in Neil Grayson. The pair look to be well “breeched” when it comes to contacts and they have every intention of keeping Heanor Town in the forefront of local football.

Both are working hard to increase the squad and it is possible that a new name will appear on the teamsheet for next Saturday’s long awaited visit of league leaders Scarborough Athletic (3pm) and their hordes of travelling supporters.

The game will indeed be a tough test for the Lions, whose home record this season has not complimented their fine away form. Scarborough are hoping to progress up the pyramid next season but they will still be playing their home games at Bridlington.

This attractive game, which should provide the best gate of the season for Heanor, might well also achieve another notable landmark.

The win at Thackley was the club’s 999th league victory since the war, and it would be a timely opportunity to bring up the thousand at the same time as gaining revenge for a 4-0 away defeat to the same opposition.

The reserves had another excellent win last Saturday and stretched their winning run to four games with a 2-1 victory over Long Eaton United’s second string. They are away at Staveley Miners Welfare Reserves on Saturday (3pm).

Heanor’s return game with Brighouse Town will take place next Wednesday at the Town Ground with a 7.45pm kick off, giving the Lions the opportunity of measuring their progress under new manager Jordan Hall with testing games against two of the leagues top three teams in the space of four days.