Matlock Town have frozen admission prices and season tickets are better value for the 2013/14 Evo-Stik NPL Premier Division campaign.

Pay on the day gate charges remain at £9 for adults, £5.50 for concessions and juniors under 15 accompanied by a paying adult will be paying just £2.

But fans buying a season ticket can make a substantial saving. With two extra clubs in the division this term making a 24 team membership, the £150 charge if payment is made before 1 August means that it will be £6.52 a game for an adult to watch the Gladiators.

The early bird sees the concession charge being £92, £4 per game.

“We feel this represents excellent value for our supporters and a real incentive to purchase a season ticket” said Chairman Tom Wright.

Season tickets purchased after the 1 August cut off point will cost slightly more at £160 and £98.

Manager Mark Atkins is busy assembling his squad for the new campaign and he has called his players back for pre season training on June 25 when some new faces should appear.

“I’m looking and talking to players but we’ll announce new signings when they’ve signed on the dotted line” said Atkins.

Lee Ellington who had an ill fated campaign with the Gladiators in 2012/13 has joined Evo-Stik NPL First Division North Farsley.

The Villagers manager Neil Parsley is delighted to have signed Ellington for his second spell at Throstles Nest.

“Lee had a stop-start season last year as things didn’t work out for him at Matlock. He became available a couple of weeks ago and we struck a deal. I think he’ll be a good signing for us.”

Atkins will be taking the Gladiators to Hednesford Town in a pre season friendly on Tuesday July 23.

The Pitmen secured promotion to the Blue Square Conference North after winning the end of season play offs thanks to a penalty shoot out victory against AFC Fylde in the semi finals before FC United of Manchester were defeated 2-1 in the final before over 4000 fans.

Hednesford finished the regular season in 2nd spot, losing the title on goal difference to North Ferriby United. Probably the two points dropped against Matlock in the 2-2 draw at Keys Park proved to be costly for Rob Smith’s men.

IAN RICHARDSON

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