REPORT: Shepshed Dynamo 3-2 Heanor Town

Joe Naylor was on target for Heanor.
Joe Naylor was on target for Heanor.

Heanor travelled the short distance to Shepshed trying to stop a run of defeats, but although the Lions fought back to level a two-goal half-time deficit, a late Michael Reeve effort broke the travelling supporters’ hearts.

Shepshed broke the deadlock in the tenth minute as Reeve forced his way past Nick Hall and rolled his effort towards goal. The strike, almost in slow motion, rebounded off the far past before trickling over the line.

Heanor showed too much respect to Shepshed in the opening stages, often playing deeper than they regularly would. The first sign that things may change came 13 minutes in as Kieran Debrouwer found his way on to the end of a sweeping move involving Jay Cooper and Karl Demidh, Debrouwer adjudged to be offside by an eager linesman’s flag.

Matt Langham joined Michael Reeve and Liam Read in the three-man Shepshed front line and it was his trickery that doubled Dynamo’s lead. His quick feet almost made him lose track of his position in front of goal before a simple chopped shot beat Heanor debutant goalkeeper Michael Emery from close range.

Emery looked solid throughout, his ability in the air giving the Shepshed forwards a frustrating afternoon.

Demidh twice went close for Heanor before Shepshed keeper Jack Drury had to be at his best to thwart Cooper and Joe Naylor with an excellent double save shortly before half time, Greg Marriott also seeing efforts go well wide before the interval.

Dynamo threatened to add to their lead with a Reeve effort on 51 minutes that was too high, but Heanor finally got their reward on 56 minutes when Naylor’s follow-up to his own saved headed effort did just enough to nudge the ball over the line.

Just a minute later Heanor were level. A flowing move that started with Emery playing the ball to Smith close to the Heanor penalty area, followed by half a dozen passes involving Ryan Seale, Cooper and Debrouwer then saw Mark Smith volley home a perfect strike that nearly burst the net.

With Cooper, Demidh and Debrouwer all seeing efforts dealt with by Drury it looked like the goalkeeper wouldn’t be beaten again - his heroics saw him receive treatment twice for injuries.

Naylor and Hall both saw themselves in the referee’s notepad, Naylor for a late challenge and Hall for a tactical foul.

Dynamo finally got their reward for a persistent attacking threat when Reeve, falling backwards, diverted a right wing cross in to the bottom corner. The strike on 85 minutes was well-placed, just outside the reach of Emery.

Debrouwer had a chance to level the score in the seventh minute of stoppage time and if he had put all his might and power in to the effort he would have levelled the score. He instead chose to try and lift the ball just over Drury, a split second decision away from a late equaliser.

Heanor: Emery, Marriott, Seale, Bettney, Simpson, Hall (c), Abdollahi (Smith 45), Naylor, Demidh, Debrouwer, Cooper.

Unused: Harris, Moran, Bowler.