Young Lions battle hard to earn an away victory

Danny Bonsall, Heanor Town
Danny Bonsall, Heanor Town

Heanor Town Reserves secured a 3-2 Central Midlands League Reserve Supreme Division win at Staveley MW Reserves on Saturday, writes Stan Wilton.

With Luke Duerden, Jak Lightly, Rhys Charlton and Krystian Stelmach on first team duty, the reserves travelled to Inkersall Road with a depleted squad but gave a very good account of themselves and returned home with the points.

Staveley sat ten points above the Lions, but it was Heanor who took the game to them. Smith twice came close to giving the visitors the lead in the opening exchanges, but then, following Bonsall’s free-kick, Daniels flicked the ball on and Jack Smith prodded home from eight yards to give Heanor the lead.

James Riley’s 14th minute free-kick found Danny Bonsall in space to double the lead. Staveley had their chances but Bates missed their best chance, whilst Dailey and Daniels both brought the home custodian into action at the other end. Matt Geeves replaced the injured Liam Barber and immediately put Heanor three goals up with a brave header from Anton Daniels’s free-kick just after the half-hour.

Staveley applied more pressure in the second half but Ross Cherry was in outstanding form in the visitors’ goal.

Ryan Damms did eventually pull one back when Alex Crossley’s headed clearance full into his path, and in the dying minutes of the game George Slack fired home a second during a spell of hesitancy in the Heanor defence.

Team: Ross Cherry, Danny Bonsall (Jacob Ward 81), Jake Davis (Tyler Fitchett 68), Alex Crossley, Liam Barber (Matt Geeves 32), Aaron Dailey, Adam Barrett, Jack Smith, Alan Horton James Riley, Anton Daniels.

Star Lion : Alex Crossley.