After watching free-scoring Heanor Town on several occasions this season, it was something of a surprise to see them fail to perform when they really needed to. Keeper Mark Frost had a particularly poor game, but in reality, none of the Heanor players seemed up for this at all. Heanor knew they had a tough run in at the end of the season - but one win, three draws and two defeats in their last 6 outings has virtually ended the Lions title hopes.
On entering the ground, we were greeted by "Tall-Lad" Chris Dent, who promptly handed over a bag of coils his good lady wife has been collecting for the APTCOO charity. Another £10 to add to the fund. Very, many thanks, Sharon..
Chris asked me to mention a new recruit to the blog readership. Rob Nix is the groundsman at the Town Ground, and when Chris told him how me and Kev had praised the condition of the pitch, especially after the awful weather early in the year, he is now an avid reader of "On The Road" !
Heanor joint Manager Glenn Kirkwood came over and complimented Kev on his photographic prowess - ironic then that none of the pics from this game were usable - nothing to do with Kev, it's was a very strange light at the TG and not very conducive to picture taking.
Barrow dominated the proceedings early on, and deservedly went ahead on 17, MICHAEL PAPAROZZI running into the box and firing past Frost after he was played in by a cracking pass from midfield.
Heanor levelled on the half-hour - Dan Williams carried the ball into the box and somehow squeezed it to the edge of the area to NATHAN BENGER, who hit a tame effort that crept past Barrow keeper Adam Wilcox with the help of a deflection.
4 minutes before the break, Barrow re-took the lead, PAPAROZZI again on the spot to lash home across Frost after the home defence failed to clear. H -T 1-2
Went and had a chat to the Tall-Lad during the break – the chat mostly about how the Conference had screwed Eastwood Town’s season up – big time. Apparently Coronation Park is acceptable for BSN games, but not for end-of-season play-offs. The F.A. rejected Eastwood’s appeal, so all the hard work over the last couple of weeks by the Eastwood team has been for nothing. The Badgers have clawed their way from being relegation fodder to 5th place after a superb run – all in vain.
15 minutes in to the second period, Barrow added their third. Frost slid out to collect a ball that was played into the box, but the keeper allowed the ball to slip from his grasp, giving REUBEN JOSEPH-WALKER the simplest of tap ins.
The Lions struggled to get back into the game, and looked nothing like the Town we have come to know over the season. Tony Squires left me a message on facebook, saying that after the final whistle, he felt as if Heanor had been relegated. They now have to rely on other clubs helping them out – but they also need to ensure that the remaining three games are all won. F-T 1-3
Thursday - Kimberley Tn v Church Warsop