Hearn chases FA Cup dream

A FORMER Hucknall Town player, who hails from Bulwell, will be hoping to create some FA Cup history for giantkillers Chasetown.

For Liam Hearn (22) has signed for the Staffordshire minnows in time for their surprise appearance in the Third Round.

Chasetown, who play in the Midlands division of the British Gas Business League (two tiers below Town), became the lowest-ranked team ever to reach this stage of the famous old competition when they beat Coca-Cola League One side Port Vale 1-0 in a Round Two replay.

And their reward is a tasty home tie with Coca Cola Championship outfit Cardiff City.

Now Hearn will be hoping to get the call to line up against such stars as Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler, former Chelsea and Leeds United hitman Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and 2002 World Cup star and ex-England international Trevor Sinclair, all of whom play for Cardiff.

Hearn was axed by Yellows boss David Lloyd in early October and subsequently joined Unibond League, Premier Division side Eastwood Town.

However he could not hold down a regular place in the side and failed to score a single goal during a disappointing spell at Coronation Park.

Chasetown manager Charlie Blakemore revealed that Hearn actually approached the club about joining.

And after doing some homework on the pacy striker, Blakemore decided to sign him on.

Hearn was a success at Watnall Road in his first season after signing from Bilsthorpe minnows Santos, scoring 16 goals in 31 appearances (plus 12 as substitute).

But this term, he struggled to hold down a place under both Andy Legg and Lloyd and made only two starts.