MATLOCK TOWN 2-2 BURTON ALBION
All of the goals came in an exciting opening half in what was another excellent workout for the Gladiators.
Matlock had five trialists in their starting line up while Championship side Burton included a good number of first team players and Marcus Dinanga , on loan at Matlock last season and scorer of 34 league and cup goals.
Joe Sbarra gave Burton a 5th minute lead but by the 21 st minute two trialists had scored goals within four minutes before Dinanga got the goal he would have been craving in the 35th minute.
Matty Palmer had driven wide from twenty yards in the 4th minute before the Brewers opened the scoring with an excellent move down the left. Jack Hallohan collected a throw to feed Dinanga whose low cross found SBARRA who netted at the second attempt, Phil Barnes having made a great block from the initial shot.
Dinanga forced Barnes into another cracking save from a powerful 9th minute shot and Hallohan lifted a shot over the bar soon afterwards when he should probably have scored as albion dominated the early exchanges.
But two quickfire goals altered the complexion of the game.
Jake Buxton could only divert a through pass to a waiting Matlock TRIALIST who calmly fired past the unprotected Harry Campbell for a 17th minute leveller.
Another trialist operating wide on the right skipped past Damien McCrory only to see his cross cut out but the Gladiators would add a second goal from a fantastic direct free kick which found the top corner past a bemused Campbell.
But Campbell kept the Brewers in contention with a last ditch save from the trialist who had netted the second goal, while another trialist had a shot blocked.
DINANGA though had the Brewers level when after initially miscontrolling the ball he won it back and slammed a firm drive past Barnes from the edge of the box in the style that was a regular feature for Matlock last season.
Barnes denied Dinanga another goal with a fine save and the striker lifted a shot over the bar to end what had been a fine first half of entertaining football.
The second period did not live up to expectations with a flurry of substitutions being made.
Clear cut chances were few and far between.
Barnes did well to keep out a Matty Palmer free kick and Dinanga’s powerful shot was comfortably dealt with by the home custodian, while at the other end Campbell did well to beat away a fierce strike from the scorer of Town’s first goal and near the end former Brewer Joe Doyle-Charles shot narrowly too high and Luis Rose drove wide.
Academy player Harry Wood was given a brief run out and showed great composure on the ball, suggesting he has a bright future ahead of him.
MATLOCK TOWN: 1 Phil Barnes 2 Trialist (19 Liam Marsden 46) 3 Rory Coleman (14 Jake Green 46)4 Todd Jordan (12 Joe Doyle-Charles 46) 5 Adam Yates (20 Max Hunt 71) 6 Dwayne Wiley (Nico Degirolamo 46) 7 Trialist (21 Ben Edgson 74) 8 Cleveland Taylor(16 Callum Lloyd 46) 9 Trialist (Luis Rose 46) 10 Trialist 22 Harry Wood 83) 11 Trialist (Trialist 46)
BURTON ALBION: 1 Harry Campbell 2 Nick Fenton 3 Damien McCrory 4 Ben Fox (15 Luke Tandy 86)5 Tom Naylor 6 Jake Buxton (12 Tom Hammerton 46) 7 Jayden Cotterill 8 Matty Palmer 9 Marcus Dinanga 10 Joe Sbarra 11 Jack Hallohan (14 Reece Hutchinson 82)
REFEREE: Richard Eley (Derby) ATTENDANCE: 420