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Weekly News | 22.6.21

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Paul Phillips has reluctantly said goodbye to popular winger Craig King who has joined Frickley Athletic.

The 30 year old joined Matlock from Alfreton Town in October 2018 and quickly lived up to his reputation as a stellar signing with some impressive displays which made him a crowd favourite.

But in February 2019 King ruptured his ACL in the home defeat to Farsley Celtic and was ruled out until the beginning of the curtailed 2020/ 21 campaign which saw him mostly on the substitutes bench.

“I’m gutted he’s going” admitted Phillips.

“Not only for his work on the pitch but also for his demeanour in the dressing room and his leadership capabilities. But he wants to play week in, week out and I can’t promise him that, I can’t promise any player that. I can totally understand where he’s coming from, given how old he is, he’s missed a fair bit of football through his injury and Covid. For me it’s doing the right thing for Kingy, he’s gone for the right reasons.”

King will link up once again with Frickley manager Dave Frecklington who signed him for the Gladiators and managed him previously at Gainsborough Trinity.

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It’s golf and cricket for Matlock Town’s players and management staff over the next week.

They will be taking part in the club’s Annual Golf Day at Matlock Golf Club on Friday before on Sunday a Matlock Town eleven will take on Matlock Cricket Club in a special challenge game at Causeway Lane.

Some of the Matlock squad don the whites as does manager Paul Phillips who last week played for Droylsden Seconds who were skippered by his son Finlay.

The squad’s first taste of football action comes on Monday 5 July when they face Wirksworth Ivanhoe at the Proctor Cars Stadium as Ivanhoe celebrate their centenary.

Ian Richardson