Lions lose at Selston
Selston 2-0 Heanor Town
Heanor Town tasted defeat in the first game of 2019 at the hands of high-flyers Selston.
Despite Heanor having much of the ball throughout the game it was clear to see why Selston are second and the Lions are mid-table. The few opportunities the Parishioners had, they took and it was in the tenth minute they made it 1-0.
Mitchell Williams’ clumsy challenge in the penalty area allowed Carl Moore to send Ben Gough the wrong way from 12 yards.
Heanor responded immediately, Ben Cartwright leading a counter-attack which fell to Sam Birks, but he couldn’t find the target from just inside the area.
Jordan Ball also had a chance to equalise shortly after but his curling effort flew over.
The introduction of Jamie Sleigh at half time did little to burst the Lions into life. The closest Heanor came to finding the net in the second half came from a goalkeeping error. Sam Birks’ free-kick looked easy for Simon Baldwin to collect, but he took his eye off the ball and dropped it into the path of Jake Carlisle, and before the stand-in captain could pounce, Baldwin recovered to push behind for a corner.
The Lions continued to press but were undone when Kane Hempshall’s volley found the bottom corner with two minutes remaining.
Frustrations were on show as the game boiled over towards the finish. A coming together between Heanor’s returning Alex Brown and Selston captain Ben Moore saw both players booked before the assistant referee offered his view and referee Daniel Smith retrospectively showed Moore the red card for stamping on Brown.