Heanor Town will go into Saturday’s East Midlands Counties League match at Ibstock United (3pm) top of the table and with the assurance that they have dropped only ten points in their first 18 games.
The comprehensive victory over Holbrook Sports last Saturday ensured that the Lions reached the half way stage of their league season in a most satisfactory position.
During this first half of the season 79 goals have been scored, 63 of which have come in league games, and, perhaps significantly more important, 40 of those have come at home where Heanor, as statistics released by the League prove, are the third best supported club in the competition behind Borrowash Victoria and Oadby Town.
The sparkling football which the team have played this season has endeared itself to many of the social improvements planned in the town itself and the aim in the second half of the campaign, apart from the championship and ultimate promotion, is to try to draft a few more local people in to swell the numbers.
In the harsh financial climate of today’s world it isn’t easy to continue with the high standards which the directors and committee have set themselves, and it is, therefore, with a great deal of pride that Chairman John McCulloch announced that he is currently in positive talks with Russell Blakey of Bristol Street Hiundai of Nuthall Road, Nottingham over a sponsorship deal for the club.
The Heanor Committee have always been positive about sponsorship and the fact that their attitude towards this has always been that the sponsors must get at least as much out of the deal as the club has, perhaps, been one of the past failures in this respect.
It is a commendable attitude which has sometimes not been seen in the best light in the past, but Mr Blakey, who attended last Saturday’s game against Holbrook, seemed impressed with the professional way in which Heanor Town is run and there are hopes of an official tie-up between Bristol Street Hiundai and the Club can shortly be announced.
Along with other matters which are currently being worked towards a satisfactory conclusion, and the fact that a number of the club’s regular supporters appear to be interested in reviving the Supporters’ Club there is every reason to believe that the future of Heanor Town Football Club has taken on the twenty-first century and is making solid progress.
Meanwhile, the Reserves hit back from a nine goal pasting on Dronfield’s artificial surface in their last game to complete a remarkable double last week.
Whilst the seniors were beating Holbrook’s first team 5-1 on the Town Ground the Reserves were winning 6-1 at Holbrook. “Anything you can do we can do better” seems to spring readily to mind here.
The Reserves take on Ripley Town on Saturday on the Town Ground (3pm) in the Third Round of the Derbyshire FA Divisional Cup (South) in what should be a cracking encounter worthy of good support.