DESPITE the standing ovation from a larger and normal Heanor following in Borrowash Victoria’s best crowd of the season of 302 last Saturday, there is a feeling amongst supporters that the best chance of the title has now been left a little way behind.
Difficult games follow with just four of them left, including last night’s (Wednesday) home game with Barrow Town.
Saturday sees the difficult trip to Radcliffe Olympic (3pm) where the Lions have, over the years, found a share of the spoils to be their best result.
This is followed by the Easter Monday clash at home to neighbours Holbrook Sports (3pm), supporters are asked to note the kick off time, where local rivalry as well as the three points are at stake.
And rest assured, Holbrook are not going to allow the Lions to claim their first ever East Midlands Counties League double over them without putting up a great fight.
Heanor’s last game of the season is away to the rapidly improved St Andrews, whose last minute defeat at home to Gresley last Saturday was their first reverse in five games. They are certainly not going to be the pushovers they were when they were defeated 7-3 on the Town Ground earlier in the season.
Four very difficult games and Heanor will go into them with a mounting injury list. With Adam Kay already ruled out for the rest of the season, fellow defender James Whitehead is likely to join him after limping out of last Saturday’s game just after the half hour mark.
Lee Stevenson also picked up a knee injury during that game, Nathan Benger has a very sore heel, Dan Williams has an ankle injury, Phil Austin will miss two of the four games due to his work as a fireman, and new signing Dave Moon has gone on holiday to Mexico and will miss the remainder of the season.
The Heanor management were disappointed that Moon did not inform them of his holiday until after he had signed for the club.
One piece of good news is that Jay Lee Hodgson, who missed a penalty for EvoStik Relegated side Shepshed Dynamo last Saturday, will be available for the Lions last three games. Unfortunately, he was not available for last night’s game against Barrow Town due to being involved in a cup final for his Sunday team.
It is going to be hard, but the players are determined to give everything for the club and their brilliant supporters.
As for the fans, they have enjoyed a fantastically entertaining season whatever happens, and the main thing on their mind, whichever league the club will be playing in next season, is that the Heanor committee should do all they can to keep the current team management in place.