Lions’ title bid could be over

HEANOR Town’s title challenge finally looks to be over despite an encouraging Easter weekend.

Under other circumstances four points from their two games might have been considered a fair return, but sadly it doesn’t look likely to keep them in the title race unless things take a turn.

Borrowash Victoria have a game in hand and Gresley FC have two, but the last game of the season will see current table-toppers Gedling Miners Welfare travel to Gresley.

Add to that the fact that both Borrowash and Heanor have appealed against Hinckley FC using allegedly suspended players in games against them and the league warning both clubs that they could have to replay their games, and there could still be a twist in the tail.

What a shame then that injuries were basically the main reason why Heanor took only ten points from their last eight games.

Three or four more points from these games would have made things very interesting indeed.

And talking of injuries. Even luck ran out on the Lions when Jay Lee Hodgson, who had committed himself to the last three games of the season, managed to get injured in a midweek game for his Sunday club and feature in none.

He might just have got the goal at Radcliffe that could have lifted everyone’s spirits.

Whatever the final days of the season hold for Heanor Town there is no getting away from the fact that it has been a fantastic season. Even some of the longer standing supporters have been saying that it has been the most entertaining season they can remember.

For that the joint managers and players should be saluted for the efforts which they have put in to ensure that the club were still in with a shout even at this late stage of the campaign.

There should also be a big thank you to sports therapist Beverley Thompson, whose skills have kept players going at times when they might well have been out of action.

Bev’s knowledge of injuries and the treatment thereof has been a significant feature throughout the season and she will be sorely missed having indicated that she intends to stand down from the position after the game at St Andrews (3pm) on Saturday, Heanor’s last of the season subject to the possible replaying of the Hinckley FC game.