Lions open up with win over Nomads
Heanor Town began the new UCL Premier North campaign with a 4-2 win at Anstey Nomads on Saturday.
The Lions proved too strong for a side who finished in the top three last season and fully deserved the points in Leicestershire.
Heanor led on 13 minutes when Lewis Rourke crossed to the back post and Kieran Debrouwer volleyed home first time past former Mansfield Town keeper Conrad Logan.
But Anstey would level on the half-hour when Josh Wolfe headed home from a corner.
The Lions re-took the lead on 41 when Joe Nice found Kyle Daley who slid the ball home, and two minutes later it was 3-1 when Tom Craddock found Debrouwer who chipped into the net for a comfortable half-time lead.
The lead was cut early in the second-half when Billy Snaith's 30-yard strike hit the underside of the crossbar and rebounded into the net off Heanor keeper Rio Alberry.
But the two-goal deficit was restored on 66 minutes when Rourke's effort was saved by Logan only for Ethan Wiesztort to follow up and net the rebound.
Wiesztort struck the post soon afterwards but Heanor would maintain their lead and see the game out to claim all three points.
The Lions are in action again on Wednesday night when they host Selston.