Northern Counties East League Premier Division
Hall Road Rangers 0 Heanor Town 2
HalLowe’en came back to haunt Hall Road Rangers as a goal in each half gave Heanor Town a victory that, in theory, was virtually worth six points.
That was because their last visit 21 days earlier ended prematurely six minutes from the end when the floodlights failed with the Lions trailing 3-1.
Heanor were well on top in the early stages, and, in a blistering start, might have been three up inside the first quarter of an hour.
Nathan Benger was the main thorn in Hall Road’s side, twice shooting over the bar and then wide with his third attempt.
One particular chance looked easier to score than miss with the goal gaping in front of him, but the ball did come onto Heanor’s top scorer at a heavy pace.
The Lions did get their reward midway through the half though when defender Richie Holmes met Jason Foster’s corner with a thumping 27th minute header to break the deadlock.
Both sides had chances towards the interval as play became even, but Heanor held onto their lead on a very poor playing surface which was a distinct advantage to the home team.
Hall Road Rangers came on strongly at the start of the second half after what was presumably an informative interval lecture on their first half failings, but in defence Heanor looked most secure and the team became more and more comfortable as the game wore on.
The points were secured with 12 minutes left when Nathan Benger hammered home his 18th goal of the season on his 100th appearance for the club.
And, it was another splendid evening for Gary Webster, described by the club’s management as the best and most consistent player so far this season, who was making his 150th club appearance.
Heanor Town: Clark, Foster, Stevenson, Wiley, Holmes, De Girolamo, Webster, Clarke, Benger, Rushby (Grayson 65), Bryant. Substitutes not used – Barratt, Kokkinou, Barber.