The Lions bounce back in fine style

Richie Holmes, Heanor Town
Richie Holmes, Heanor Town

It wasn’t hard to see why the Heanor management were so pleased with last Saturday’s performance against Glasshoughton Welfare.

Joint manager Glenn Kirkwood oozed praise on the beleaguered squad that was so comprehensively defeated by rampant league leaders Bridlington Town just three days earlier.

“Craig (Hopkins) and I were delighted with the way the lads bounced back from this midweek defeat.

“We expected the lads to be down but determined as they went into the Glasshoughton game.

“However, we asked them to forget about the Bridlington game and focus on the performances and hard work that had seen us win three games in a row previously.

“The lads did exactly as we asked and the Bridlington game was never mentioned.”

The result was that Heanor achieved their fourth league win in a row.

Kirkwood continued: “We totally dominated our opponents from start to finish with a thoroughly professional performance.

“Some of the football was a joy to watch and wouldn’t have looked out of place a step or two higher up the pyramid.”

The game saw the Lions keep only their third league clean sheet of the season, and their first at home.

The long list of injured players doesn’t seem to be getting any better for the Lions.

Dwayne Wiley has joined those already on the list, with a knee problem resulting in him failing a late fitness test and missing out on last Saturday’s game.

Stef Frost is still struggling with an ankle injury but Graham Wells looks to be on his way back and could well have had a run out in last night’s (Wednesday) Derbyshire Senior Cup game, at home against Clay Cross Town.

There will be no respite for the players on Saturday despite the fact that the first team have no game. They will be training in the morning.

But on the fixture side, there is good news that the heavy list of midweek matches since the start of the season is now over and games revert to one a week.