Mickleover Sports 4-0 Matlock Town
As abject performances go this was back to the bad old days as far as Matlock were concerned.
The Gladiators put in a woeful performance to exit the Doodson Sports Cup on a ground where they have always struggled. This was towns third defeat in three competitive matches at the Raygar Stadium.
Manager Mark Atkins made five changes to the starting line up which had held and were unlucky not to beat high flying AFC Fylde at the weekend.
Even so, the starting eleven should have been good enough to deal with Sports from the league below.
The tie was scoreless at the interval but the warning signs were there.
Then four goals from the 72nd minuet shared equally between strikers Karl Demidh and substitute Rob Ritchie-Smith killed Matlock off
A depressing night was made worse when goalkeeper Jon Kennedy clashed with Demidh and was sent off for violent conduct with three minuets left of the game.
The Doodson Sports league cup was probably low on Matlock’s list of priorities and a tie they could have probably done without at the moment.
Possibly with the big FA Trophy match and league games in the pipeline, Martin Foster, Adam Yates, Liam Needham, Corey Gregory and Danny Holland were all omitted.
But those that came in failed to grasp their chance apart from new signing Cecil Nyoni on his debut and Bradley Grayson.
Mickleover always suggested they had the great desire on the night as Kennedy turned aside a Warren Hatfield free kick on six minuets after Willie Mcghie shot wide from a corner eights minuets later.
Matlock’s first chance fell to skipper for the night, Micky Harcourt who blasted high on eighteen minuets but generally Matlock lacked penetration due to quality of passing with too many balls being over hit.
Oscar Radford cleared a Demidh effort off the line in the 28th minuet before their was a sniff of an opportunity for the opposition side as David Haggerty always stretching hooked a James Ashmore freekick a cross the face of the goal.
Kennedy dived to his right to deny Demidh as the interval arrived with the visiting faithful looking for an improved showing.
Lee Featherstone saw his shot blocked after the restart when a Bradley Grayson cross ricochet through to him but the hosts broke swiftly downfield as DEMIDH punished awful defending to fire in the opening goal.
Radford hacked a reasonable cross over the bar after Kevin Grocutt’s foul on Bradley Grayson earned him a caution but Rob Ritchie-Smith made a telling contribution within three minuets of his introduction.
He was given far to much room to blast in the second from the edge of the box on the 65th minuet before repeating the trick three minuets later to make it three.
Town substitute Liam Gaughan drove a shot straight at goalkeeper Chris Martin but more terrible defending gave DEMIDH a clear run down the left on the 72nd minuet to give Mickleover the fourth.
Then came Kennedy’s red card, the goalkeeper clearly upset by an allegedly late challenge by Demidh but he had no defense to his reaction after a second altercation.
It gave goalkeeper Matt Leese a run out later on and although Joe Leesley had a good late on it was perhaps indicative of Matlock’s sorry night that the shot was straight at Martin.
1. Chris Martin, 2. Kyle Bryant, 3. Shaun Pendleton, 4.Liam Walshe, 5. Kevin Grocutt, 6. Nico Degirolamo, 7. Willie Mcghie (14. Rob Richie-Smith (62)), 8. Ashley Grayson (15. Jordan Hall (53)) 9. Danny Davidson, 10. Karl Demidh, 11. Warren Hatfield
Subs not used – 12. Simon Oshoboke, 17. Joshua O’brien
1. Jon Kennedy, 2. Micky Harcourt, 3.Joe Leesley, 4. Cecil Nyoni, 5. David Haggerty, 6. Oscar Radford, 7. Lee Featherstone, 8. James Ashmore, 9. Bradley Grayson, 10. Lewis McMahon (17. Matt Leese 87) 11. Lavell White (16. Liam Gaughan 53)
Subs not used – 12. Adam Yates, 14. Corey Gregory, 15. Danny Holland
Referee – Mr A.Hull (Sheffield)
Attendance – 111
Star Gladiator – Cecil Nyoni