Heanor Town Reserves 1-2 Wirksworth Town Reserves
Reserves suffer home defeat
Wirksworth Town have made an excellent start to their first ever Central Midlands League campaign but they had to work hard to wrestle the points from a young and enthusiastic Heanor side on their first visit to the Town Ground.
It was almost first blood to Heanor four minutes in when goalkeeper Jack Currell held a Kyle Daley header from a right wing cross.It was the visitors, however, who went ahead in the seventh minute when a poor clearing header from a Heanor defender saw James Newton set up RYAN MARCHINGTON five or six yards outside the penalty area for a strong shot which took a wicked deflection off a home defender and flashed past a helpless George Attenborough.
Tyler Wright almost notched an immediate equaliser following a corner but missed a good chance. Currell then saved a header from Heanor’s best outfield player Kyle Daley. And this period of Heanor domination ended with Tyler Wright being sent clear but he dwelt on the ball too long and was caught in possession.In the 29th minute a great pass from Miles Shirtcliffe saw Daley turn Callum Worth inside out and then screw his shot across goal and narrowly wide.
The game was anything but one-sided and Wirksworth proved themselves a more than competent side. Three minutes before the break Attenborough was forced into action to prevent the Lions going two down. He produced a stunning one-handed save to push Newton’s low shot for a fruitless corner.
Heanor made a strong start to the second period but were unable to dent the strong visitors rearguard until the 62nd minute. KYLE DALEY saw his first shot blocked by Currell but he slammed home the rebound and at this stage it was no more than Heanor deserved.
It was at this point that the visitors began to have more of the game. Indeed, they should have regained the lead on 68 minutes when Marchington was sent clear, and although he poked the ball past the onrushing Attenborough, it was wide of goal.
Wirksworth sealed the points in the 77th minute when another strong shot from distance from RYAN SMITH looped up off a Heanor defender and over Attenborough.
It might have got worse with six minutes left when Matthew Heath was adjudged to have tripped Toby Howard and the referee awarded Wirksworth a penalty, having turned down what appeared to have been a more distinctive claim from Heanor in the first half. George Attenborough made a brilliant save from Toby Howard’s spot kick and there was a feeling that justice had been done.