Following a promising pre-season and some eye-catching new signings, Matlock Town have started the season in promising fashion, winning four of eight league games. Following an usually sub-par performance in a midweek loss to Halesowen Town however, the Gladiators will be happy to have a break from the league and instead focus on FA Cup qualifying duties on Saturday.

Everybody knows the FA Cup can make or break a season for most non-league sides, with the possibility of drawing a league side, or even Premier League side in later rounds. The fairy tale is a bit like those of people who win a huge pokies jackpot, like the £11m jackpot currently available on Mega Moolah. You can play pokies on desktop, tablet or mobile at Pokies Palace. Crawley Town are a great example of a club who have reaped the rewards from a fine FA Cup run.

They face Northern League One side, Whitley Bay, in the first qualifying round.

Using a more defensive system than previous seasons, much of Mark Hume’s men’s early success has been based on keeping goals out.

Prior to Tuesday’s 3-0 defeat, Autoworld Arena had seen the home side keep clean sheets in two of their opening three fixtures, which both resulted in 1-0 victories.

For all Matlock’s defensive stability, the Gladiator Nation will be hoping to see more goals go the way of the home team as all members of a formidable front line fight it out for their place in the side.

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