Heanor Town Reserves 0-2 Eastwood Community Reserves
Late goals for Eastwood secure victory
On the 59th anniversary of Heanor Town’s epic FA Cup First Round home game against Carlisle United, the Lions' second string fell to yet another Central Midlands League defeat.
But, after holding the balance of play and having the greater possession for the best part of the first 70 minutes, they fell to defeat against the undefeated league leaders by running out of steam in the final minutes.
Heanor opened the game with three successive corners and followed this when Dom Wilkinson put Ollie Naylor through to shoot weakly at visiting keeper Dylan Miles.
Miles pulled off a fine one-handed save from Wilkinson’s 31st minute shot and Connor Carlin headed wide at the back post from a splendid Naylor run and cross.
Eastwood were pleased to come through that first half unscathed.
Wilkinson hit a snap shot a foot over the top early in the second half, but goalmouth action was then at a premium until the Red Badgers started to get on top in the later stages.
Eastwood used all three of their substitutes to good effect and on 76 minutes Callum McGarry’s cross was put wide of an open goal by Kurt Harrison.
The writing started to get on the wall as Eastwood’s greater fitness told in the dying stages. Tom Eastwood made a great run down the left and crossed low and hard into the box. Heanor defenders did not track back and substitute HARRY GILL had an open goal to tap into to preserve Eastwood’s unbeaten start to the season.
Moments later the hard-working Eastwood hit a cracking shot just wide and Lions skipper Liam Power was called upon to made a splendid double save from first Kieran Knight and then Gill.
With Heanor pushing up for an equaliser a long ball down the middle sent KIERAN KNIGHT clear to put the result beyond down four minutes into stoppage time.
Heanor gave Ollie Naylor, Roger Lee and Dominic Wilkinson a run out in this game.