Rams to pay a visit during a busy week for the Lions

There’s a busy week in store at Heanor Town as they look to build on a clean sweep of victories for the club’s teams.

The under 19s beat local rivals Bilborough Town 6-4, the reserves beat Retford United Reserves 3-1 and Heanor Town FC’s first team beat Staveley Miners Welfare 5-2 on Saturday, with goal machine Kieran Debrouwer scoring his third hat-trick in four games.

Now, thoughts turn to Saturday’s NCEL Premier Division game at home to Barton Town Old Boys, followed by the visit of Derby County FC on Monday night.

The game with the Rams on Monday night marks the official re-opening of The Town Ground after the work that has been carried out on it in recent months.

The match kicks off at 7.30pm. Ticket prices are the same as any league fixture, £5 adult, £3 for OAPs and it’s free for under 16s to enter.

The club wants as many of the people of Heanor and the surrounding area to come and support their home town side against one of the big local clubs.

After that, the Lions are at Brighouse on Wednesday, October 16, and then there is the much-awaited FA Vase First Round game at The Town Ground, against Leicestershire-based visitors Kirby Muxloe on Saturday, October 19.

Meanwhile, the club has made a number of signings, which have helped to boost all three teams to wins within the last week.

The Lions have signed midfielder Jared Holmes from Rainworth Miners Welfare FC, full back Josh Raven from Eastwood Town FC and midfielder Ben Wallace from Ilkeston FC, all three players making their debuts in the impressive win at Staveley.

The Lions have also welcomed the re-signing of striker Nathan Benger, who returns from Mickleover Sports.

Benger is one of the club’s leading goalscorers, holding a fantastic record of 99 goals in only 110 games for The Lions.

This does mean that his first goal for the club this season will mark his 100th goal for the club, something very few players have achieved for Heanor. Lions’ fans will hope it occurs this Saturday, at home to Barton Town Old Boys.