Midland Football League Premier Division
Heanor Town 4-1 Tividale FC (H-T 0-1)
Admission £6.00 / £4.00 concession
Me and the daftlad were back on the road, albeit just a few miles across the Notts/Derbys county border. There were plenty of familiar faces present and we took up our favoured position with Heanor regulars Chris and Alan in the stand behind the top goal. We were later joined by Blidworth's Scott Ward and prolific hopper Pete Chappell - and the general consensus was that although Heanor eventually won the game by a reasonably comfortable scoreline, they should have killed the game off early doors.
Tividale looked a very young side, but were arguably the footballing better side in the first half. Heanor fluffed a plethora of chances midway through the first period, and their profligacy was punished on 39, when Daniel Smith converted a cross from the right after some really neat passing play had left the home defence flat-footed. H-T 0-1
Nathan Benger’s 55th equaliser for the home team was somewhat controversial, and the “was it in, wasn’t in it” debate lasted a fair few minutes. Did it hit the keeper’s water bottle? Was it over the line? The goal was eventually given after Referee Darren Laska took advice from his assistant. The ball was down at the foot of the post and was heading over the line before it was cleared. From my point of view (behind the goal), the whole of the ball hadn’t crossed the line. My poor eyesight has been brought into question on many occasions in the past though, and as the goal was given, who am I to argue?
Alex Brown added a second for Town on 65, firing in off the bar. Town youngster Keenan Layton fired in from an acute angle to make it 3-1 on 80, and from an even more acute angle to make it 4-1 on 85. Two cracking finishes, but the goalkeeping for the final goal left a little to be desired, to say the least.
Heanor should have won by an even greater margin, but the usually dependant Benger had a bit of a ‘mare in front of goal – he should have scored more than the one he did chalk up, but I suppose everyone is entitled to an off day.
Listened to Radio Nottingham on the way home and had to smile when Notts County boss John Sheridan talked about his “game of two halves” (Notts lost again) – we were certainly treated to a “game of two halves”, but in reality Heanor should have had the result sewn up in the first half.