Manager Glen is happy with progress so far

Glen Clarence has said he is happy with what he’s seen so far from his Heanor Town squad during pre-season training and the first two of the pre-season games.

Speaking ahead of Tuesday night’s impressive 5-2 win away to Real United, the Lions’ manager said: “There’s a good feeling around the place and the new faces and old faces are blending well together.

“I was impressed with how it went on Saturday against Heather St John’s.

“Considering that we were without eight players who we would consider to be in and around the first team, I thought we were the better side.

“They play at the same Step level as us in the league pyramid and even without those players, we did well.

“There were plenty of positives from that game.”

He continued: “Training began at the start of the month and it has been first rate.

“Our coach Steve Huntington is using the same sort of pre-season programme as he did when he was at Ilkeston and everyone is responding to it very well.

“What we are emphasising is that there is one squad here now and from that pool of players, we will pick those for the first team and reserves and they will step up or down according to what’s required.

“There’s a feeling of togetherness, there’s no gulf there between first team and reserve players and they’re all dedicated to the same cause - making the club as successful as we can be.”

He concluded: “It’s a new era and the feelings here are good. There are still plenty of pre-season games and we will use those to look at fitness and look at certain players.”

Next for the Lions aretrips to play Clifton on Saturday and then Arnold on Tuesday.