Saturday, 20 November 2010

Heanor Town 9-0 Anstey Nomads

Saturday 20th November 2010 -- EMCL

Back at the Town Ground again. We're not too worried about re-visits to grounds - if a team is playing well, then why not go to watch them? We arrived slightly early, but that ensured we had a good parking space just down the road from the ground.

Heanor moved to second place in the league table after this result, and although mid-table Nomads put up a half decent fight of it for the first 20 minutes, as soon as Heanor scored quite a bit of that fight disappeared.
Heanor joint boss Glenn Kirkwood had a few words with us prior to the kick-off - apparently he reads this blog and follows "ontheroad" on twitter. As soon as I get the hang of my new Blackberry phone, I hope to be able to update twitter while at games - but that is for the future....

Here we go!!

Heanor management team : Craig Hopkins and Glenn Kirkwood

Nomads boss Andy Miller

Lions' keeper Mark Frost had promised a fiver to the APTCOO charity recently, and before the game kicked off, he duly delivered. It has to be said that both Kev and myself are amazed at the way the charity fund has grown over the few short month's since it was first proposed. We have known "Frosty" for a couple of years now and not only is he a great keeper, he is a real gentleman. His fiver along with the nine goals scored, saw the APTCOO fund go to over £140 !!

Anstey started the game really well, and easily snuffed out any early Heanor forays forward. Mind you, the Nomads defenders are huge - but when Heanor eventually worked out that keeping the ball on the ground was the better option than pumping high balls into the box, the game changed dramatically. Heanor can consider themselves lucky not to concede in the 8th minute when a terrific ball in from the right was met by the head of Wesley York - unfortunately the effort flew wide of the post with Frost looking on...

York - so close!!

It took until the 21st minute for Heanor to breach the Anstey defence, the the home team grabbed three in a sparkling five minute spell. The first came from some neat play that saw the ball played to the feet of debutant ROB GILL. The well travelled striker gathered well before sending a fine curling drive past Stefan Joyce in the Nomads' net. The second goal was scored by NATHAN BENGER. The former Matlock Town man dispossessed an Anstey defender, raced at goal and gave Joyce no chance with the finish. The third goal had eveyone applauding - it really was special.

LEE ASKHAM won the ball on the half-way line and ran straight through the visitors defence before depositing the ball into the back of the net. A real wonder goal from the talented winger.

It should have been 4 on 39, but Gill uncharacteristically prodded wide after Ryan Cancellara had played him in on goal. Anstey had a great chance to reduce the arrears three minutes before the break, but unmarked striker Darren Taylor fired well over when York's cross from the left picked him out. H-T 3-0

Gill slots home the first

Benger the second

Askham the third

Rob Gill shaking hands with his best mate!!

The second half was only two minutes old when Gill hit a hammer of a shot that cannoned of the angle of bar and post. Four minute later the Lions went further ahead - a clearance by Frost headed on by Gill to NATHAN BENGER who hit a real bullet of a shot past Joyce from 22 yards. The shot was hit so hard that keeper Joyce never moved a muscle as the ball flew past him. ROB GILL made it five on 63, chipping the keeper from 15 yards, then it was six when BENGER was tripped in the box three minutes later, the hitman despatching the spot kick to complete his hat-trick.

Benger's penalty makes it 6-0

DAN WILLIAMS scored on 74 after coming off the bench to replace Benger, then WILLIAMS added another after Gill unselfishly picked him out 12 yards from goal. It was fitting that GILL claimed his personal treble in the 88th minute - the big man's first game for his new team was a man of the match performance - looks to be a great signing for the Lions. F-T 9-0
Admission £5
Attendance 109
MOM - Rob Gill

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