Matlock Town boss Mark Hume calls for team to increase belief

Matlock town v Ashton united. Matlock manager Mark Hume.

Matlock town v Ashton united. Matlock manager Mark Hume.

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Boss Mark Hume says his Matlock Town players must believe in themselves more.

He issued the rallying cry after the Gladiators sealed an impressive 2-2 draw at high-flyers Salford City on Tuesday night.

And the Town boss also called on his side to use the result as a springboard to beat lesser teams in the division, which has proved to be a tricky task this season.

Hume said: “It’s a mental thing, It’s got to be, they’ve taken the struggling teams too lightly and to lose to the lesser sides doesn’t make sense.

“That was three more points dropped on Saturday and when you add all the points up that we should have been getting, it would put us in the play off positions.”

Matlock have drawn with promotion-chasing Nantwich and Salford City and beaten strong sides in Ashton United and Rushall Olympic.

But, despite those impressive displays, Hume has been left frustrated after defeats to bottom four sides Stamford, Grantham Town and Whitby Town.

Hume added: “Salford are a very good side, the best we’ve played, they’ve been drubbing some sides but we could so easily have won it.

“They got a penalty and looked home and dry, but we showed fantastic resilience to go up the other end and level it.

“But now we need to back this up, Gresley in the FA Trophy on Saturday being a case in point.

“We have to have and show the same mental attitude as we had at Salford, the players need to believe that bit more in themselves, we need to beat teams in lower positions than ourselves to make the good points we’ve got at places like Nantwich and Salford all the more useful to us.”

A prolonged run in the FA Trophy is all the more important after the pain of the FA Cup exit to Whitley Bay.

Matlock should not underestimate Gresley having found the net just six times at home all season.

Hume will have at least one enforced change, Harry Coates being out after collecting five cautions, with a further ban added on after the Whitby sending off.

The Matlock boss will also check with Sheffield United on goalkeeper George Willis who missed both games this week after turning an ankle in training, Lewis King being recalled to deputise.

Niall McManus should return after a family funeral ruled him out against Salford and Hume says he will be speaking with Alfreton Town about the possibility of extending striker Sam Smith’s loan.

Should Saturday’s tie end in a draw the replay is set for Tuesday night at the Moat Ground