Kev’s taking a well earned holiday with his family, leaving me as “Billy No-Mates” for the next few games. Heanor Town have more or less blown their chances of claiming the EMCL title, but this game v Holbrook Sports was their final home game of the season and as we have been to the Town Ground on numerous occasions this season, missing the final home game wasn’t an option.
Heanor were in top spot and looking favourite to win the title with 9 games to play, but their last seven games have yielded only 7 points. The other title challengers took full advantage, with Borrowash, Gresley and Gedling MW all going above the Lions.
Heanor keeper Mark Frost had “fined” himself £5 for his errors that cost the Lions so dearly in their last home game with Barrow Town - he kindly donated this £5 to the APTCOO charity fund. This was Mark’s second contribution of the season – but after one save he made in this game to keep Heanor in front, I felt like giving it back to him!! A superb save, Frost diving to his left to block a rasping drive that looked in all the way as soon as it was struck…
After the usual handshakes, the game kicked off in glorious sunshine, but Heanor once again looked a pale imitation of the team both me and Kev have come to admire so much throughout the season.
Holbrook looked the far more dangerous team, and after a series of corners, LEE MITCHELL was given too much room and carried the ball into the box before firing past Frost. Heanor’s best effort came with 5 minutes of the first half remaining, when Lee Askham hit a fierce drive, that ‘Brook keeper did well to tip round the post. H-T 0-1
Heanor replaced Ryan Cancellara and Lee Askham at half time, their replacements Nathan Benger and Jimmy Gee-Pemberton. This made no immediate impact, as Holbrook kept up the pressure on an over-worked Heanor back four.
Entering the final five minutes of the game with thoughts of another home defeat in the mind, Lee Stevenson hit a free kick into the area that eventually fell to the trusty boot of NATHAN BENGER and he duly slotted home.
Heanor equalise through Benger..... binocular eyes needed .. come back, Kev!!!!
With seconds of the regular 90 minutes left to play, Heanor were awarded a penalty that JAMES WHITEHEAD smashed home to give the home team an undeserved lead.
Holbrook powered forward and Frost made a couple of fine stops before pulling off his wonder save in added time. F-T 2-1
No idea how Heanor won this, Holbrook were by far the better team on the day. The Lions actually showed some of the fight that was present in spades early in the season, and the result moves them to second place in the table.