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Weekly News | 1.2.23

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Weekly News | 1.2.23

Matlock Town boss Martin Carruthers says there can be no repeat of what he describes as a “bitterly disappointing” performance against Lancaster City last weekend when they take on FC United of Manchester at the Proctor Cars Stadium on Saturday.

The Gladiators lost 2-1 but when Karl Demidh equalised in the 89th minute against the ten men Dolly Blues, they looked set for a point, only to concede again in stoppage time.

“It was bitterly disappointing. Probably momentum was impacted in not playing South Shields and Guiseley. Nearly every single player wasn’t at the races, you can get games where two or three of them have off days but nine of them were below par and that can’t happen. Having said that we should still have got a point after Karl’s equaliser but we switched off. We conceded two really poor goals. We were sluggish straight after half time and went behind and of course there was the late goal, our concentration needed to be much better. Lancaster were physical on a heavy pitch, we weren’t in the game perhaps until fifteen minutes to go. Once we got level our game management should have been to settle for a point but we thought we could nick it at the end, we thought Lancaster, down to ten, were there for the taking. Ninety nine times out of a hundred Yatesy wouldn’t have sliced his clearance so all in all a very disappointing afternoon.”

Carruthers watched Matlock’s next two opponents play each other last week when FC United won 2-0 at Nantwich, the Gladiators travel to Nantwich on Tuesday night.

“United looked very good going forward so we’ll have to defend very well but also I feel that if we stick to our game plan, we can cause them problems. Nantwich are fighting for their lives at the bottom end so they’ll probably see us as a potential winnable game so we’ve got to be ready for that. It’s so important we show that bouncebackability, we need a response after that lacklustre display at Lancaster , we’re so close to the play-offs yet so far and I want us to go out and give our fans a really good performance in both matches.”

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Martin Carruthers hopes to have a clutch of new signings at the Proctor Cars Stadium to boost his young squad ahead of this weekend’s home clash with FC United of Manchester.

Fans have expressed concern over squad strength this past week which has seen Jordan Barnett and club captain Ryan Qualter both depart for undisclosed fees to Buxton and Scarborough Athletic respectively.

“I understand the fans frustration, as I said I really didn’t want to lose Qualts. Fans at the moment are thinking the world’s ended but we’re working really hard to bring people in . I obviously can’t reveal any names at this stage until the deals are done and dusted but by the weekend I hope to have some new faces at the club.”

Matlock have a new physiotherapist in Andy Henson who replaces Alex Walker.

“I’d like to thank Alex for her contribution to the club, Andy’s come in and with the training being at Matlock he’s ideal. He lives locally in Chesterfield and has worked at the likes of Doncaster Rovers, Rotherham United and Chesterfield. He’s come to us from Guiseley , he knows Adam Yates who put us on to him from his short time at Guiseley. He’ll be a really good addition for us” Carruthers added.

Yates has been appointed team captain in succession to the departed Qualter.

“Adam knows the club inside out, has great experience and knowledge and is a leader so I’m delighted to name him as captain. He’s Matlock Town through and through and I’m everyone will be delighted for him” said the Town boss.

The Gladiators are expecting a big crowd for the FC United game so the message to fans is to book tickets on line in advance to avoid queueing on the day and to get there early.

“It’s a game where we’re promoting the Mayor;s charities and with FC United expected to bring a good following, we’re expecting a four figure crowd. Please use the online ticket system if you can and come down a little earlier for what should be a great game” said a Matlock official.

Mayor Paul Cruise has chosen Derby Mountain Rescue and Matlock Young People (Highfields PTFA and Hurst Farm) as his charities. Free tickets having been handed out to pupils at Highfields School so there should be a great atmosphere for what is always one of the more attractive fixtures in Matlock’s home calendar.

Ian Richardson