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Atkins looks to future

Matlock Town manager Mark Atkins watches his first game in charge, a 3-1 defeat at Frickley Athletic on Saturday November 22 2008.

Matlock Town manager Mark Atkins watches his first game in charge, a 3-1 defeat at Frickley Athletic on Saturday November 22 2008.

The usual busy pre-season friendly programme awaits Matlock Town’s playing staff when they return after the summer break on June 28.

Manager Mark Atkins expects them to have maintained a decent level of fitness during their time away from the Reynolds Stadium as a tough training schedule will greet them ahead of their opening friendly on July 17.

Atkins said: “The lads who have been with us before know how difficult pre-season is because you don’t have a lot of time with them, possibly two or three sessions a week.

“So we expect them to remain fit to make things easier for them and for us as a higher level of fitness allows us to do more work with the ball.

“All non league players have to work hard to get their fitness levels up to speed.”

That opening friendly is at Northern Counties East League First Division outfit Teversal before four days later a trip to Tevie’s local and divisional rivals Shirebrook Town follows on Saturday, July 21.

All of Matlock’s away friendlies to date are in Nottinghamshire as they also play Evo-Stik First Division South clubs Hucknall Town on Saturday, July 28, and Rainworth Miners Welfare on Saturday, August 11.

At present three Football League sides will be at the Reynolds Stadium with Matlock officials trying to arrange at least one further test against a full time club.

The Annual Banner Jones Cup meeting with Chesterfield takes place on Tuesday, July 24, a fixture that is hugely popular with supporters of both clubs which almost always has attracted a four-figure crowd.

Sheffield United will make a welcome return after a break of five years on Wednesday, August 8.

Nigel Clough brings a Derby County XI to Matlock on Wednesday, August 15.

Matlock’s Evo-Stik NPL Premier Division season kicks off on Saturday, August 18.

 

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