Heanor Town 3 Hall Road Rangers 0
Heanor Town recorded their fourth double of the season and in doing so sent Hall Road Rangers to the bottom of the table with this victory on Saturday.
The Lions had Oliver Pannell, on loan from Lincoln City, making his debut in goal, one of a number of changes from the team which lost at Maltby.
Grayson and Cooper-Richards both went close in the opening 11 minutes as the Lions made a bright start.
Skipper Clarke hammered a free kick just over the angle and a great run and cross from Bryant went begging before Josh Neilson was somewhat harshly adjudged to have handled a Bryant shot on 35 minutes. And, after picking up a
yellow card for his protests, saw Neil Grayson duly despatch the penalty left-footed into the roof of the net.
Two minutes later, De Girolamo got back in style to concede a corner, preventing Cox, who had broken clear, from equalising.
Pannell’s first save, from Birch, five minutes before the break, was competent and commanding.
Before the break, Cooper-Richards dummied a defender and fired his fierce cross shot over the bar, and after the Heanor striker had made another great run, this time from the opposite flank, Clarke’s final shot from his cross was wayward.
Clarke began the second half by rattling the bar with another great shot and Cooper-Richards hit an upright.
Then, on 67 minutes, Neil Grayson headed on a corner which hit Slater before crossing the line. 35 seconds later, Grayson’s header from a right wing cross was blocked by goalkeeper Watson and Tom Cooper-Richards hooked home his first goal for the club.
Pannell’s good handling at the other end brought applause from the crowd, and Birch shot over for the visitors, but there wasn’t much football coming from the Hull side.
Foster shot just wide from a Thomas pass, Thomas himself curled one just the wrong side of the upright, and player/manager Hall hit a great finish but was adjudged offside.
Moments from the end, Grayson completely missed the ball in front of an open goal for what would have been his first hat-trick for the club.
Heanor Town: Oliver Pannell, Kyle Bryant, Daniel Fields, Ian Clarke, Dwayne Wiley, Nico De Giralamo, Lee Stevenson (Graham Wells 64), Stef Frost (Jordan Hall 77), Neil Grayson, Jason Foster, Tom Cooper-Richards (Josh Thomas 70). Substitutes not used – Richie Holmes, Adam Barratt.