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Gladiators face Brewers & Spireites in PSF

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Matlock Town’s pre-season friendly programme begins with two home games against familiar full-time opponents in Burton Albion and Chesterfield.

The Gladiators first game under new manager Steve Kittrick’s stewardship will be against Nigel Clough’s Burton on Saturday 13 July (3pm). The Brewers were last at the Proctor Cars Stadium in July 2017 when the contest finished in a 2-2 draw with Marcus Dinanga, who was on loan at Matlock from Albion in 2016/17 when he netted 34 goals, scoring one of the Burton goals. Last year the friendly had to be cancelled with Burton having a lengthy injury list.

Three days later on Tuesday 16 July (7.45 pm) the Spireites are in town in a match that has always been popular with local football fans, regularly attracting crowds of over one thousand to the Proctor Cars Stadium. Last year Martin Allen sent over a youthful Chesterfield line up and after going a goal down, Matlock came out on top by a 4-2 margin. Current Chesterfield manager John Sheridan is expected to send a strong side this time.

Matlock is busy organising further games in preparation for the new Evo-Stik NPL Premier Division season which gets underway on Saturday 17 August, details of which will be announced in due course.

Ian Richardson