Lions lay their Radcliffe bogey

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HEANOR Town’s thoroughly deserved 2-1 home win over Radcliffe Olympic last Saturday has hopefully finally laid the bogey held by the Notts side.

The Lions were the best side throughout but it didn’t look like a home win when the Nottingham side took the lead midway through the second half.

But in atrocious weather this galvanised Heanor who were determined not to let the visitors’ smash and grab tactics win the day yet again on the Town Ground.

Only once in the previous 12 meetings have the Lions lowered Radcliffe’s colours. That was in September 2005 when Jamie Moran’s mis-hit shot 17 minutes from the end gave them a 1-0 home Central Midlands League win. So last Saturday’s win was long overdue.

Heanor were due to visit Holbrook Sports last night (Wednesday) in the much-delayed League Cup third round tie. Joint boss Glenn Kirkwood has said that Heanor would be going all out to win this trophy, but he was set to introduce some of the squad players in this game.

Ash Grayson and Graham Wells would definitely be starting confirmed the joint manager, and Lee Naughton, Danny Cox, Jason Hardy, Tom Hodgson, and Richard Hodgman would also be involved.

Spencer Goff would be likely to make his debut along with the Lions’ latest signing Corey Bowler; winger Goff having joined the club from Central Midlands League side Parkhouse. Phil Austin was not available for the game due to work.

Two home games follow, with league newcomers Thurnby Nirvana visiting the Town Ground on Saturday (3pm) fresh from their astounding 4-1 win over Bardon Hill last weekend. And next Wednesday Gedling Town are the visitors (7.45pm).

With Heanor already in a strong position and, along with Borrowash Victoria, boasting one of only two unbeaten home records in the league so far this season, continuation of this form through these two games will prove once and for all that the Lions are in the title race to stay this season.

The support which Heanor have received this season, particularly at home, has been absolutely fantastic, and the backing the team got last Saturday and the size of the gate in such terrible weather conditions has the management convinced that news of the players’ performances are beginning to spread.

As such, when the better weather arrives it is felt that attendances will rise still further and Heanor are determined still to be in the championship race at this time.

Tribute has been paid by match officials, in particular referees, this season to the splendid job done by the ball boys. They really do play their part so professionally in keeping the game moving and this is appreciated by players and spectators as well.

And Heanor Town’s tea bar ladies are beginning to earn themselves a reputation as well. The array of food on offer and superbly presented on match days has received high praise from visiting supporters as well locals.

So all in all, home matches are now something to very much look forward to, and those not sharing the experience are missing out on so much.