Veterans see off Heanor

Cromford Vets 2

Heanor Town Vets 1

This was not a game for the fainthearted and people watching could have been mistaken for thinking it wasn’t a veterans game, grey hair aside.

Heanor got the game started but it was the home side who showed more bite and pressed them back, Dean Nelson and new boy Ross Hutchinson finding front pair of Matt Hoe and Mark Bullen time and again.

Bullen held the ball up well for Cromford and he played Hoe and Richard Bourne into some good positions. Hoe was through on goal but the angle was too acute, Heanor cleared the danger, but the blue shirts of Cromford piled forward, Ian Ford breaking up the Heanor play in midfield and starting another attack.

The cross in from Nelson was put behind for a corner which Nelson drove in hard and low and Bourne was on hand to poke home. This sparked Heanor into life and they came at Cromford with a vengeance.

Micky Greaves and Adam Carlines’ performance belied their years as they snuffed out the Heanor threat. Cromford’s full backs Terry Wood And Phil Ward supported their centre halves well, putting cover in when needed. Phil Boam in goal marshalled them well.

The second half saw subs Roger Lambert and Garry Blackburn join the cause as Cromford went at Heanor, searching for that second goal but it was Heanor who looked more likely to score.

Heanor drew level after Beer weaved his magic to set up the number 11 to score off the bar.

Cromford’s winner came with only minutes left. A flighted ball in from the left found the head of Matt Hoe, who gave Mee no chance.

Heanor battled until the final whistle and helped make this a terrific game of football.