Waiting is over as the Lions embark on a new campaign

Heanor Town FC are looking forward to their opening fixture of the NCEL season, away at Maltby Main on Saturday.

Recent signing Jay Cooper has got the fans excited, with his tenacity and desire to win his partnership with frontman Alex Haughton looking set to succeed.

Cooper has scored four goals in 225 minutes of football this pre-season, Haughton has three goals to his name, all three coming in the game at Blidworth on Saturday, when the Lions outplayed their hosts to win 9-1.

It looks to be another season and another position for Heanor’s longest serving player, Lee Stevenson.

Signed as a right sided midfielder, he has played in every position across the back line and midfield but this season it seems he will spend most of his time playing on the right side of defence.

This shouldn’t be a problem for Stevenson as his energetic performances are always a highlight.

Both the reserves and the newly formed under 19 side have been put through a strenuous run of pre-season fixtures,

There is a lot of promise for the under 19s with players such as Jack Saxton, Jacob Ward and Jordan Clarke showing they have the ability to one day force their way into the first team squad.

The club have seen a fantastic response to the recent plea for sponsors.

Commercial manager Ian Duffield, along with Tony Squires and manager Glen Clarence, have been talking to local businesses about the chance to advertise their businesses with the club.

A club at Heanor’s level can never have too many sponsors and there are many opportunities left for sponsorship of the club.

The club has requested that sponsorship enquiries go directly to the club who will put you in contact with Ian Duffield.

The first team has three fixtures within the first seven days of the season, facing Maltby Main on Saturday, Athersley Recreation on Wednesday, August 14, and then Retford United in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round on Saturday, August 17.

With a busy week ahead and also the possibility of £1,500 prize money from the FA Cup prize money if The Lions do succeed in beating Retford, all involved at the club will have all hands to the pump to make sure they have something to smile about.