Competition: NCEL Premier Division
Heanor - Debrouwer (16), Hall (90)
Athersley - Alcock (3), Bennett (75)
Heanor struggled from the off with the constant pressure applied by the visiting attackers. The defenders looked nervous and it seemed like they hadn't played together before. Their early jitters rubbed off on keeper Mark Frost and collectively they allowed SCOTT ALCOCK room at the far post to stab home from a right wing corner, with only 3 minutes played.
Although the Lions were back in the game through League top scorer KEIRAN DEBROUWER on 16, Athersley were relentless going forward and only good luck and some less than perfect finishing saw the teams head off into the changing rooms level at half time. Debrouwer's goal was all his own making - the 48 goal hit-man turning a defender on the edge of the box before firing a low drive past Shaun Penn in the Rec goal. H-T 1-1
Athersley had two great chances to re-take the lead early in the second period, but they had to wait until the 75th minute before they beat Frost again. Another goal that should have been prevented, as the ball was allowed to travel right across the goalmouth to LEE BENNETT, who had the simplest of tap ins at the far stick.
Anyone who left early would have missed the Heanor equaliser. It came from NICK HALL who was first to get to Frost's huge punt upfield and fired across Penn into the far corner, much to the delight of the Heanor faithful. F-T 2-2
Admission: £3 (concession)