FC Heanor finally clinched the Derby Taverners Sunday League Intermediate Division Two title in style on Sunday when they beat Chestergreen 4-0 in a stellar performance at their home ground of Kilburn Welfare.
This capped a wonderful season for manager Nick Milne and his squad of players.
A club spokesman said: “This time last year, FC Heanor were in trouble. Towards the bottom of the second division of the Spotted Derbyshire Taveners Football League, the team were falling short of their true potential. Then FC Heanor’s best midfield player stepped forward Nick Milne. He sacrificed his place on the team and became manager.
“The faith and loyalty he has shown has been amazing. Three weeks ago the team won the Taverners League Cup and have now added the league title.”
Within 20 minutes, Stephen Guilor volley had put the home team ahead after a pinpoint cross from leading goal scorer Jay West. Next it was Guilor’s turn to become provider as he gave Ryan Sharp an easy tap-in to send to crowds that lined the stands into rapturous applause.
Jay West then slipped through to make it 3-0. As the celebrating FC Heanor fans realised that the league and cup double was on, FC Heanor were awarded a penalty after a mistimed tackle in the box. Up stood Gavin Elliott, who calmly slotted it away sending the keeper the wrong way.
With the Champagne popping and the blue banners flying,FC Heanor had done it, a league and Cup double for the first time.
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