Lions looking to maintain 100 per cent start to league season

Gary Ricketts in action for Heanor Town''Photo by Paul Morley
Gary Ricketts in action for Heanor Town''Photo by Paul Morley

The FA Cup adventure may be over for another season for Heanor Town FC, but the Lions can console themselves with their 100 per cent start to the league season so far.

This Saturday, Glen Clarence’s side will make the trip to Liversedge Town, looking to make it five wins out of five league games so far this season.

The Lions are currently joint top of the Northern Counties East League Premier Division with Shaw Lane sitting above them only by virtue of their better goal difference.

The fourth league win of the season was achieved last Wednesday, after the News went to press, due to a 2-1 win at Athersley Recreation.

As is often the way with the Lions, they were out of the traps very quickly and after Paulo Piliero went close in the first minute, the opening goal of the game came courtesy of Heanor’s Courey Grantham when he lobbed the advancing goalkeeper after 13 minutes.

Against the run of play, Heanor were pegged back by an Athersley equaliser just after the half hour mark.

After the break, Heanor regained control of the game and took the lead with a powerful header scored by Marc Strzyzewski on 55 minutes.

This proved to be the winning goal of the game, leaving the Lions on 12 points from their four league games to date , with nine goals scored and only two conceded.

After four league games last season, the Lions had only three points, so the improvement is there for all to see.

On Saturday, the Lions were at Spalding United in the Preliminary Round Stage of the FA Cup.

The only goal of the game was scored on 41 minutes by Spalding’s Thomas Waumsley.

The Lions created enough chances to at least earn a replay but it wasn’t to be and see the Road to Wembley ends after only two games for Heanor.

Saturday’s league opponents are Liversedge, currently 18th in the table with one point from four games so far.

Then on Tuesday night, they are in League Cup action at home to Garforth Town (7.45pm kick off).

n Heanor Town Reserves have played - and lost - their second game of the Central Midlands League Reserves Supreme Division season.

They were in action against Holbrook Sports Reserves but lost 4-1, with Alan Houghton on target for the young Lions.