Mark Hume was busy ahead of last weekend’s 1-1 home draw with Colwyn
Bay bringing in three players and releasing defender Oscar Radford.

Experienced Belper skipper Laurie Wilson was the first to sign and two
loanees quickly followed in attacking midfielder Jordan Deacey from
Boston United and full back Jason Paling from Alfreton Town.

“Laurie has the experience and know-how, he’ll be a good asset as he
fits in well with how we want to play” Hume explained.

“Jordan can play up front but he’s best as an attacking midfielder who
I know from my days at Bradford Park Avenue whose Dad John is manager
there. He had a bit of an up and down season last year but he’s a good
number ten. Jason can also play in midfield so that gives us options
in there, and we’ll see what happens when Micky Harcourt’s free from
suspension”.

Hume’s striking partnership against Colwyn was Ted Cribley, who headed
the Gladiators’ equaliser, and Niall McManus.

“People are saying we didn’t start with any strikers on Saturday but
Ted’s well capable of playing there as he showed us. He played twenty
plus games there for Hyde in Conference North last season. Niall’s an
attacking forward player and he’ll get better and better once he’s
found his feet, he’ll be a real handful. I think he’ll rip some team
to pieces soon, it’s just around the corner.”

The Matlock boss has though confirmed his striker search is not over.

“To be honest we need both a striker and another permanent defender.
Good strikers are like gold dust. In this division at present there’s
probably the l;ad Mitchley at Skelmersdale but he won’t come to us. In
our location there’s no-one really banging in the goals in this league
or the one below and I refuse to waste money by bringing in just
anyone.”

On Radford’s departure Hume added “We’ve brought three players in and
as a club we can’t afford to have players sat in the stand, having
Oscar sat there would be no good for Oscar or Matlock Town. He’s had a
difficult start to the season so a move for him is probably best all
round and we thank him for his contribution here and wish him well in
the future.”

In a fixture change announced by the league late last week, Matlock
visit second bottom Grantham Town on Saturday in a game moved from
last Tuesday.

The Gingerbreads have yet to win this season but Hume will take
nothing for granted, particularly with Harcourt completing his
suspension, Nicky Travuis starting his ban for his red card at home to
Whitley Bay, and Cribley being doubtful with an ankle injury which
forced him off after an hour last weekend.

“The league’s so tight, last Saturday I think there were eight teams
on fourteen points, it’s so open, there’s no poor sides in the
division and we’ve got to go there and get on with it.”

The Gladiators are on their travels again on Tuesday night at
Mickleover Sports, managed by former Matlock duo Glenn Kirkwood and
Craig Hopkins, and likely to include more former Gladiators in Massiah
MacDonald, Anthony Griffiths-Junior, Jack Broadhead and Charlie Dawes
in their side.

The Colwyn Bay draw extended matlock’s winless run to five matches.

“I thought we played some really good football in the first half but
again made a daft mistake for their goal. Then in the second half we
tended to go too long, we chased it a bit so we struggled. We need to
stay patient and we’ll be okay, but also we have to cut out those
individual mistakes” Hume concluded.

Ian Richardson

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