Tuesday night’s 2-0 home win over Mickleover Sports appeased Matlock boss Mark Hume a little after the embarrassment of the late giveaway at Marine on Saturday when the lowly Merseysiders overturned a one goal deficit with two 90th minute strikes to snatch the points.

But Hume says his side still have “a lot of making up to do” and he was “like a bear with a sore head” right through to Tuesday after the dramatic collapse.

“There’s no point in keeping going on about it, it’s getting to sound like a broken record” rapped Hume, this being Matlock’s second such giveaway of the campaign, another struggling side in Grantham Town scoring two very late goals to recover from a losing position to win against the Gladiators back in September.

“We should have finished the game off, we have to take our chances and wrap the game up, Then Adam Yates has had a brilliant ninety minutes then makes the mistake, there’s no point playing well for ninety minutes and then giving the points away with an error. There’s no excuses, we weren’t bad and got a win against Mickleover, we were steady but we want another win on Saturday.”

Marine are Matlock’s opponents again this weekend as they come to the Autoworld Arena in a swift turnround of the fixture and Hume says his squad should not require much of a team talk ahead of the clash.

“Really I shouldn’t have to say a word to them for they’ve got to go out there and make sure they right a few wrongs. The Marine and Grantham games have cost us six points and with other results against the bottom sides, just look where we could be now. They should be raring to go and fully at it on Saturday, the players let me down last Saturday. The talking’s done for me, I’m not waiting about for much longer to see if some can do it, I’ve told them in no uncertain terms I’ll get a couple or so lads in who will.”

The Gladiators are at home for a third successive time in a week against FA Trophy quarter finalists Nantwich Town, the Dabbers having beaten Town 2-0 at the First Round Proper stage in December.

While Liam Gaughan should return to the squad against Marine after work commitments ruled him out of the Mickleover match, and Chesterfield loan forward Jake Orrell should be fit after injury, Midfielder Andy Gascoigne and striker Jack Siddall will not feature, and Micky Harcourt faces a fitness test after collecting a calf injury at Marine.

Gascoigne’s loan period from National League North outfit Harrogate Town expired on Monday and the Yorkshiremen want him back. Siddall, who has been unable to play on loan at Armthorpe Welfare as often as he would have liked due to a change in his work circumstances, will be joining Evo-Stik NPL First Division North Ossett Town who have this week appointed Grant Black as their new manager.

Black was part of Hume’s management team at Matlock last season.

“Grant’s had business commitments this season and has also been watching a few games for me but he’s always wanted to get into management rather than being sat on our bench. This is a great opportunity for him and he leaves with everyone’s best wishes. Jack’s going there for one month, he needs the football, the fitness and the experience of playing at Evo-Stik level and then with a good pre season behind him he could do well for us.”

Hume could add to his squad shortly, particularly with Adam Yates facing a suspension after his red card at Marine.

IAN RICHARDSON

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