Lions lose at home to leaders

Heanor Town 0

Scarborough Athletic 3

On a day when Ryan Giggs made his 1,000th Football League appearance for Manchester United, Heanor Town acknowledged the loyalty of defender Lee Stevenson’s 200th appearance for the club with a pre-match presentation.

The Lions were unchanged for the visit of league leaders Scarborough, whose large following brought Heanor’s best gate of the season.

Both sides played attractive football in an entertaining game and Jamie Bennett almost brought the visitors first blood in the seventh minute, but his shot hit the side netting.

Pannell beat out a Jimmy Beadle shot and Louis Horne moved up to head wide for the visitors.

But it was by no means one-way traffic. Heanor wasted a free-kick when Grayson was brought down and a Jason Foster volley was inches wide.

Pannell made a great save with his legs from skipper Tony Hackworth’s shot after Blott put him through on 26 minutes, and the home keeper made two close range saves just before the interval.

But the on-loan Lions goalkeeper was at fault six minutes after the break when his mishandling left Ryan Blott with a tap-in to put the Seasiders in front.

Kyle Bryant’s great run put Jason Foster in for an immediate reply but Reid saved and, just after the hour, Lee Stevenson’s cracking shot from distance just cleared the angle.

Foster’s lob from just outside the centre circle beat Reid but bounced wide of goal on 67 minutes, and a minute later substitute Matty Plummer’s driven cross from the right was tucked home by Jamie Bennett and the issue was beyond doubt.

Wiley had a fine shot on the turn which flew wide and Frost fired across the face of goal as Heanor never gave up and played some fine football. But they could not find a way through a compact Seasiders’ defence.

Substitute Matty Plummer bundled home a 79th minute corner which managed to evade everyone in a crowded penalty area to give the visitors a win they deserved but by a flattering scoreline.

Both sides received a standing ovation at the end of a thoroughly entertaining game with Lions’ supporters urging them on until the very last kick.