Football - NEC earn first win as Higdon double sinks Heerenveen

- Michael Higdon's double gave NEC Nijmegen their first win of the Dutch league campaign as they beat Heerenveen 2-1 on Friday.


The 30-year-old forward, who hails from Liverpool, took his season's tally to six goals since his move from Scottish club Motherwell with strikes either side of halftime to end NEC's 10-match winless streak in the league.

But there were anxious moments for the home side after substitute Hakim Ziyech pulled a goal back five minutes from the end with a sublime free kick.

Heerenveen stay ninth, having missed a chance to move level on 18 points with PSV Eindhoven, PEC Zwolle and Ajax Amsterdam who are all a point behind leaders Twente Enschede.

NEC's win takes them off the bottom of the stadnings and up to 16th place in the 18-team league.

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