Young Lions impress to see off Radford Reserves 4-1

Glenn Kirkwood has said after Saturday’s Scarborough defeat that there would be some changes tp the Heanor Town squad in the forthcoming weeks.

“Six of the players were brilliant yesterday. But three or four of the others, and I believe that they know who they are, will either have to improve or be replaced”, he said.

The Heanor management promised that the squad which won the East Midlands Counties League championship last season would be given every opportunity to prove themselves at the higher level.

What is now clear is that this chance is on the verge of expiring for some, and new players will be brought into the squad.

“Hoppo (Craig Hopkins) and myself don’t like defeat and we take it hard as everyone else at the club. With our tremendous support and the enthusiasm which is buzzing around the club at the moment, we will make the necessary changes to ensure that we can cope with Step Five football and bring those smiles to the faces of those watching.”

The first of those changes would appear to be the release of Josh Royce following Saturday’s game.

Heanor have two chances of bringing smiles back to the supporters’ faces this week.

Last night (Wednesday) they had Maltby Main as visitors to the Town Ground, and with the visitors sitting three points adrift of the Lions it was very much a ‘must win’ game.

On Saturday, Barton Town Old Boys are the visitors to Heanor (3pm), another of the Lions, former Central Midlands League colleagues who are doing very well at NCEL Premier Division level.