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Weekly News Xtra | 17.2.23

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Weekly News Xtra | 17.2.23

Striker Jack Deakin has been released by Matlock Town and has joined Northern Counties East League Division One outfit Staveley Miners Welfare.

Deakin joined the Gladiators at the turn of the year following his release from League Two Mansfield Town, having spent time on loan at Southern League Premier Central Barwell earlier this season.

Deakin has struggled to force his way into the Gladiators side and has made just five appearances but only one start, in the 1-0 win at Nantwich Town when he was substituted five minutes into the second half after picking up an injury.

Matlock manager Martin Carruthers feels that Deakin’s release is best for both parties.

“Jack’s a great lad but unfortunately things haven’t worked out as we all hoped. Injuries have not helped him plus he wants and needs to play regular football which I can’t promise him here. He’s a young lad and we can’t deny him that opportunity so he goes with our best wishes and we hope things work out for him at Staveley.”

In other news midfielder Brad Abbott is progressing well from his broken leg sustained in a foul challenge by former Matlock striker Shaun Tuton in the Boxing Day derby win over Belper Town and is approximately a fortnight away from a return to action.

Meanwhile former Matlock midfielder Mark Lees has again linked up with former Town boss Paul Phillips at Guiseley.

Tomorrow Matlock head to league leaders and title favourites South Shields to end a difficult and challenging week in which they have collected only one point from hole games against Warrington Town and Guiseley, having failed to find the back of the net in either match. Striker Karl Demidh is back in the squad after recovering from tonsilitis.

Ian Richardson