Victory for Heanor reserves

Heanor Town Reserves won their first match in seven games by the only goal of the game, beating Rainworth MW Reserves, writes Stan Wilton.

Within minutes, the Lions could have been one up when from the first corner Craig Hatton’s flick on found Josh Henrys three yards out but he shot straight at Cameron Smith.

Danger threatened on 20 minutes as the Heanor defence allowed Lewis Chambers to race onto a ball over the top, but as Cherry advanced he lobbed his shot wide.

The same player went close minutes later with a header which forced Cherry into a tremendous save.

Dean Robinson hassled and robbed the Rainworth defence before laying the ball into the path of Luke Duerden who dragged his shot wide of the target.

On 37 minutes Daniel Penny struck a powerful shot which was heading for the top corner only for Smith to deny him with a fantastic one-handed save.

In the second half Rainworth enjoyed a good 15-minute spell and Sam Dockwray wriggled his way into the box but shot wide with only Cherry to beat.

Heanor came back into the game and went ahead on 72 minutes. With the ball bouncing free in the Rainworth box, Luke Duerden struck a low shot into the bottom corner.

Within 20 seconds, the visitors almost equalised but the lively Chambers saw his shot strike the foot of an upright and away to safety.

Then Iliffe was through on goal but was thwarted by the legs of Cherry and away for a corner.

Henrys robbed Ward and fed Dean Robinson to work his way into the box, but he shot weakly and Smith saved easily.

The drama ended with Rainworth pressing hard for the equaliser. And they thought they had achieved it with the last kick of the game, but Andreas Kokkinou made a last ditch acrobatic clearance off the line to ensure a victory for the young Lions.