Weather may aid title hopes

The first total postponement of the season last weekend has inflicted no further damage to Heanor Town’s title hopes.

In fact, the Lions are probably in a better position for it because the challenging group of clubs now have another game to play in their “catch up” period.

But providing the cold snap quickly relents there shouldn’t be too much of a problem for any club other than Oadby Town who are still chasing honours on two other fronts – the Leicestershire & Rutland Senior Cup and the FA Vase.

The idle week end will have given Heanor’s players extra time to recover from injuries and knocks sustained in recent weeks, although it does look likely at the time of writing that strikers Jake Vernon and Nathan Benger will be struggling to be fit enough to take any part in the game at Ellistown on Saturday (3pm).

One thing Heanor must not do is take the Ellistown game lightly. The Leicestershire side sank to the bottom of the table recently following defeats at Radford and Gedling MW and will be keen to climb clear of the relegation places.

With Lutterworth from the Leicestershire Senior League known to be amongst the strong challengers for a place in the East Midland Counties League next season, along with a gaggle of Central Midlands League clubs including Clipstone Welfare, South Normanton Athletic, Sutton Town AFC and Basford United, it seems certain that relegation will take place this season unless the membership of the league is increased to 22 clubs, and this would, as things stand, appear unlikely.

In addition, with the snow and ice melting and the frost coming out of the ground, pitches are going to be heavy for the next couple of weeks and this will be against the ‘get the ball down and play’ tactics for which the Lions have become reknown.

As a result, the ground will become a great leveller and league placings might not be a true form rating in this weekend’s matches. Indeed, it might not just be Heanor Town who will suffer in this respect. and the Lions must make sure that they are not the ones to suffer.

The Blackwell MW home game postponed last Saturday has been rearranged for Saturday, April 14.

Blackwell MW will be in town next Wednesday though to contest a place in the semi-finals of the League Cup. The game has a 7.45pm kick off.

Borrowash Victoria have already secured themselves a place in the last four of this competition with a 2-1 midweek win at Graham Street Prims. A game which they only made progress thanks to an extra time goal against their neighbours.

Holbrook Sports travel to Ellistown and Bardon Hill entertain Radcliffe Olympic in the other games, all of which are due to be completed in midweek during this month.

If previous years’ arrangements are followed, the semi finals will also be played in midweek, and on neutral grounds.

Heanor Town Reserves entertain Long Eaton United Reserves in a Central Midlands League game on the Town Ground on Saturday. Kick-off is 3pm.