Hinckley United’s demise means that Matlock Town will go through to the 2nd Qualifying Round of the FA Carlsberg Trophy without kicking a ball.

The Calor Gas Southern League Premier Division club were liquidated following a High Court hearing in Birmingham on Monday after former Chairman Kevin Downes issued legal proceedings against Hinckley claiming that the club still owed him 187,000 pounds.

A chilling statement appeared on the Knitters’ unofficial Twitter page shortly after the hearing saying “At 11.15 am this morning Hinckley United FC ceased to exist. Thanks to all players, fans and followers for your support.”

Gladiators boss Mark Atkins says it was a sad day for non league football.

“I remember going there with both Harrogate Town and Stalybridge Celtic, they were a gfood club with a tremendous set up and it’s horrible when a non league club goes out of business. It just shows what can happen when things go against you and you overspend. The Trophy’s a good competition and obviously it means we go through and it gives us the chance to play higher opposition and possibly have a run like we had last year, but we’d obviously prefer to get through by playing the game.”

Matlock will be without a game as all of the other Evo-Stik NPL Premier Division teams will be involved in Trophy ties with the 2nd Qualifying Round set for Saturday November 2.

IAN RICHARDSON

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