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Bolsover win sets up title crunch match with Clay Cross

Everything rests on the crunch-match decider against tabletopping Clay Cross Town after arch rivals FC Bolsover stayed in the Central Midlands League title hunt.

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SLIDESHOW: Matlock Town end season in ninth

Matlock and Warrington finished ninth and tenth respectively after the spoils were shared on the season’s final day.

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Match gallery: Buxton keep faint play-off hopes alive at expense of Matlock

Buxton narrowly won the A6 derby despite Matlock being the more accomplished side for much of the contest but it seems likely that neither side will qualify for the play-offs.

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Buxton FC v Matlock Town, Buxton goal

Matlock managers take positives as play-off dream ends

Matlock joint bosses Glenn Kirkwood and Craig Hopkins want a big crowd to show up for Saturday’s final league game of the season against Warrington Town so they and the squad can thank the fans for their backing.

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Claudio Ranieri

RUMOUR MILL: Chelsea and Manchester United to go head-to-head for Morata | Arsenal line up Benzema to replace Sanchez | Real Madrid willing to sell James to Red Devils | Watford could turn to Ranieri | Schalke star agrees to join Gunners | Liverpool target close to new Napoli deal

Here are the rumours doing the rounds on Monday, April 17.

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Matlock Town keep play-off hopes alive

Matlock secured the win they needed to stay in the play off hunt, the result pushing the Royals back into the relegation zone.

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Alfreton woes go on after latest defeat

Alfreton Town lost 3-0 to Darlington 1883 to make it five straight defeats without scoring.

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Matlock Town manager, Craig Hopkins.

Hopkins: Maximum points might not be enough for play-offs

Matlock Town joint boss Craig Hopkins know his side will need maximum points from their final three games if they are to have a chance of the play-offs.

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Reece Treasure skips round the keeper to score his second goal of the game for Clay Cross Town.

Clay Cross Town’s pursuit of the title turns into Treasure hunt

The pursuit of the Central Midlands League title by Clay Cross Town turned into a veritable Treasure hunt on Saturday.

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Away win keeps Matlock Town’s play-off hopes alive

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Alfreton boss Russ O'Neill

Disappointment for Alfreton Town against relegation threatened Stalybridge Celtic

It was another disappointing outcome for Alfreton Town when relegation-haunted Stalybridge Celtic won rather too easily at the Impact Arena on Tuesday night.

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Lee Clay heads the crucial opening goal for Clay Cross Town in their 3-0 win over Dronfield Town Reserves.

Clay Cross Town are back on top after rare slip-up by FC Bolsover

It’s all change in the thrilling duel for the title at the top of the Central Midlands League after a rare defeat for leaders FC Bolsover.

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Defender Matt Hill slides in to block Craig Westcarrs follow up after he missed the penalty.

Alfreton stumble to first home defeat since November

Alfreton Town still cannot be sure they are safe after stumbling to a 1-0 defeat at home to Bradford Park Avenue on Saturday, conceding a league double for the fourth time in the process.

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Niall McManus scored Matlock Town's equaliser in the 2-1 win over Rushall Town.

Last-gasp Matlock Town keep play-off hopes alive

Never-say-die Matlock Town came from behind and then had keeper Phil Barnes to thank as a 2-1 home win over Rushall Olympic kept their Evo-Stick NPL Premier Division play-off hopes alive.

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O’Neill keen for more on travels

O’Neill keen for more on travels

Russ O’Neill says that improving his Alfreton Town side’s away form is among his top priorities before the season is out as the Reds continue their attempts to secure safety in the National League North.

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REPORT/SLIDESHOW: Hucknall prove too strong for Bolsover in semi-final

FC Bolsover’s hopes of adding to their fine season with a cup final appearance ended at the hands of Hucknall Town on Saturday.

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REPORT/SLIDESHOW: Staveley held by Tigers in end-to-end encounter

Staveley Miners Welfare took a point from their trip to Worksop Town on Saturday as the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

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Late goals harsh on Reds as wasted chances punished

Late goals harsh on Reds as wasted chances punished

Three late goals sent Alfreton Town to a 4-0 defeat by Gloucester City in National League North.

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VIDEO: Comfortable win keeps Matlock Town’s play-off hopes alive

Three second-half goals gave Matlock their most comfortable home victory of the season, 3-0 against mid-table Ashton who were a pale shadow of the team that beat the Gladiators 1-0 just seven days earlier.

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Glenn Kirkwood

Kirkwood keen to stay positive despite defeats

“Don’t be too downhearted” is the message from joint boss Glenn Kirkwood after seeing his Matlock side lose at both Ashton United and Spennymoor United this week, defeats which now make them look long shots for a play-off spot.

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