Never expected this scoreline - and after Holwell scored first, I suspect they didn't expect it either! Must admit, we are chuffed to bits to have chosen this game .. it was an almost perfect Heanor performance, we were in good company, the Charity netted a few bob, and we met a lovely groundhopping couple from Leicestershire who had nothing but praise for the "On The Road" blog. I'm taking this opportunity to say thank you very much - we will visit Loughborough Dynamo some time in the future, if only to meet up with you again! Spent most of the match in the company of Tony Squires along with Heanor full back James Whiteheads' parents, Rob and Caroline.
The donation from Tony and another chunk of cash from Kev and yours truly, takes the APTCOO total to over £440. I reckon the revised target of £500 may have to be revised again!!
Heanor striker Dan Williams netted five times - I can't remember the last time we saw a player score five....if ever!
Right from the kick off Heanor looked like they were hungry for the win that would consolidate top spot - and only good keeping from Richard Craggs kept out Lee Askham and Dan Williams. A series of corners followed, culminating with a poor effort from Williams that flew high, wide and not very handsome. Askham fired wide in the 11th minute, but on 20 and totally against the run of play, Holwell took the lead. GRAHAM KEAST took full advantage of a few yards of space he was given on the edge of the box, firing left footed past Heanor keeper Mark Frost.
The Lions were only behind for 3 minutes though, mainly due to some terrier like battling in the midfield by right back Lee Stevenson. Only playing due to injury to regular right back James Whitehead, Stevenson won the ball and laid it out to Williams on the right. He fired the ball across the goal to where strike partner NATHAN BENGER was waiting to accept the simplest of tap-ins.
Heanor were relentless in their pursuit of the lead, but they had to wait until 2 minutes before the break before netting again. Stevenson found Benger who slotted across the goal to give DAN WILLIAMS a close range tap in. Just before the half-time whistle, Heanor added to their tally when a Phil Austin corner from the right was headed powerfully home by WILLIAMS. H-T 3-1
WILLIAMS should have had his 3rd on 47, but dragged his shot wide. The striker didn't have to wait too long though before completing his personal treble, a deflected effort from 18 yards completely wrong footing Craggs.
ASHLEY GRAYSON nodded home the 5th on 68, after Phil Austin's superb cross from the left picked him out at the far post.. Grayson had been out of the Lions team due to a long-term injury, and judging by the welcome he received when he went on to replace Benger, he is a real crowd favourite.
On 74, WILLIAMS grabbed his 4th of the game, firing home from 25 yards after being given acres of room to set his sights. The keeper could probably have done better, but the shot was placed well enough and he didn't get much help from his defence. Sub TOM NORRIS was the next name on the score sheet, finishing well at the far post. WILLIAMS rounded off a superb Heanor display with seconds to play - adding the finishing touch to a neat passing move. F-T 8-1
Smiles all the way home - both of us agreeing that the home team's performance was one of the best we have seen this season - anywhere......
Special mention for mifdfield duo Jimmy Gee-Pemberton and Ryan Cancellara. They went quietly about their business, but controlled everything - a very impressive, undemonstrative pairing.
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