Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Heanor Town 6-0 Lincoln Moorlands Railway

Venue: The Town Ground, Heanor

Scorers: Debrouwer 51,68 (pen),90 / Williams 56, / Grantham 86, / Haughton 87

Our first visit to the new look Town Ground - you have to be impressed with the work that has gone around the place. Derby County have agreed to take a team to play Heanor on Monday 14th October to celebrate the official re-opening.

There seemed to be a lot of Heanor Town jackets about the place - and everyone seemed to be enjoying their own specific roles within the club.

Spent the game in the company of Press Officer Tony Squires, and Bilborough Town Publicity Office Jevon Swinscoe. Pinxton midfield general Joe Riley had half an hour with us, but the major surprise was seeing such a large contingent of Eastwood Town faces in the ground.

The Eastwood faithful are understandably a little fed up with things at Coronation Park at the moment, but for entertainment and goals, the short trip to Heanor gives them plenty of both.

Great to see Dan "Welshy" Williams back in the Lions' colours - a class addition to the squad. Sad to see our friend Mark Frost benched - I'm sure "Frosty" will bounce back from this setback and if he doesn't decide to stay with Heanor, he won't be out of a "job" for long.

Lincoln had a few really good chances early on in the game, but their poor finishing must have had their gaffer apoplectic! 

Samir Boulghassol fired hopelessly wide from in front of goal on 10, then after Heanor keeper James Baker fumbled a cross in from the left, Francis Harkin blazed the loose ball wide after he looked odds-on to open the scoring. 

Tom Parker brought out a diving save from Baker on 24, but instead of being comfortably in the lead, the Railwaymen could have gone a goal down but for the linesman's flag. Williams headed Chris Shaw's cross at goal and Richard Chester fumbled the effort over the line, but Williams was adjudged to have been in an offside position when the cross went in. H-T 0-0

The second half was just 6 minutes old when Heanor took the lead - KIERAN DEBROUWER firing to Chester's left after latching onto a ball played into the box from midfield.

Five minutes later the Lions double their advantage, DAN WILLIAMS was picked out in the box and swept the ball past Chester.

DEBRUOWER was upended in the box on 68, and blasted home the spot kick to make it 3-0. Williams should have scored again seconds later, a belter of a ball from the left found him unmarked at the far stick, but "Welshy" somehow managed to skew the ball wide of the post with the empty net glaring!

COURY GRANTHAM added the fourth with four to play, firing home across Chester from the corner of the box. As we were discussing that goal, ALEX HAUGHTON flicked the ball up and volleyed it home from almost the same place.

DEBROUWER completed his second hat-trick in 5 days on 90, a simple tap in after he was again left unmarked in the box. F-T 6-0

There is little wonder Lincoln are second from bottom of the league. They can't finish and they can't defend - a recipe for relegation if ever there was one. I wish them all the best, but it looks like it's going to be another long, hard season for the team from Lincoln.

Heanor looked good once they got going, but this was poor opposition and the Lions still have room for improvement.

Admission: £5
Programme: £1 ( inc team sheet)
Attendance: 153 - what a turn out for a midweek game!
Referee: S. Meredith