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Marcus Marshall joins Basford United for undisclosed fee

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Marcus Marshall joins Basford United for undisclosed fee

Striker Marcus Marshall has left Matlock Town to join BetVictor NPL Premier Division rivals Basford United for an undisclosed fee.

Marshall (30), was Matlock’s top goalscorer in the now-cancelled 2019/20 season and in all he has found the net 24 times since arriving at the Proctor Cars Stadium from Alfreton Town in June 2018.

Gladiators boss Paul Phillips admitted he wanted to keep Marshall but he could understand the Nottingham based player’s move to Basford. “I didn’t want it to happen as Marshy was a big part of my plans moving forward, he hasn’t been one bit of trouble and he’s great both on and off the field although I feel he could add a few more goals to his game” said Phillips.

“But Basford’s local for him and it’s no secret with the implications of the Coronavirus pandemic that the club needs funds. I think we’ve got a decent deal. I’ve thanked him for all he’s done for the club and told him there’ll always be something here at Matlock for him should circumstances change.”

At least Phillips now has plenty of time to find a replacement. “I’m confident I can get players in that fit the bill in terms of goals for the right price” Phillips concluded.

Ian Richardson