Huntington: Lions faithful need to get behind us

Assistant manager Steve Huntington
Assistant manager Steve Huntington

Heanor Town assistant manager Steve Huntington says the Lions’ critical home support is having a negative effect on the club’s staff and players.

The Lions have lost six times at home this season and suffered their first away defeat of the campaign at Rocester on Tuesday night - their second straight loss leaving them still in third position in the Midland Football League but 11 points behind leaders Hereford.

Huntington was speaking after Saturday’s 4-0 defeat at home to Quorn, and although he said that particular result had nothing to do with the support, he believes there is an issue that needs addressing.

He said: “I find we get better support from 30-50 away fans than we do from a lot more home supporters.

“At the moment I’d rather us play 42 away games each season because I don’t enjoy coming to home matches right now and neither do some of the players.

“Sometimes it’s down to us but even when we’re playing well and getting three points it’s not good enough for some of the fans and I think something has to change.”

Saturday’s defeat left Huntington and Lions boss Glen Clarence frustrated by a poor display from the Heanor players.

Clarence said: “I’m confused because after such a good performance and result against Sporting Khalsa last week, one of the best teams in this division, I expected us to replicate the togetherness, work ethic and performance, but we were awful.

“We conceded goals at bad times - in the first minute and the 44th - and that knocked the stuffing out of us. Three of the goals were gifted to them as well. It was a bad day at the office and nothing went right.”

Clarence was speaking before Tuesday night’s defeat at Rocester, the first time in 13 away games that Heanor had been beaten.

They will be on the road again this Saturday with a trip to Shepshed Dynamo who sit just one place below the Lions in the league standings.