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Warne back at the Lane

Former Chesterfield FC midfielder Steve Warne is back at Causeway Lane for a second spell as injuries and unavailability continue to bite into the Matlock Town squad.

Former Chesterfield FC midfielder Steve Warne is back at Causeway Lane for a second spell as injuries and unavailability continue to bite into the Matlock Town squad.

Joint manager Gareth Williams hinted that Warne may be joined by a couple of more new signings, maybe in time for Saturday's home meeting with Bamber Bridge.

''We've a chance of another midfielder and a defender, we'll just have to see how things go,'' said Williams.

''We want to start fielding a settled side. I think I must have walked under four ladders or something with the luck we've been having this season. I just can't believe it.''

Warne signed for the Gladiators following his release by Hucknall Town last Friday and would have been available had Saturday's scheduled home clash with Ossett Town not become a victim of the ice which lay on the Causeway Lane pitch which made the result of the morning pitch inspection inevitable.

He spent the last month of last term on loan to Matlock from Chesterfield and helped Matlock to finish as UniBond League First Division runners up, as well as win the Derbyshire Senior Cup. He was then released by the Spireites during the summer and later joined former Matlock boss Ernie Moss at Hucknall.

The move to Causeway Lane this time is a permanent one with Warne signing on non-contract terms and Williams is pleased with the capture of the midfielder.

''He did very well for us at the end of last season, and he's a very good, adaptable player. We're pleased to have him at the club, but we have reached an understanding that we won't stand in his way if he gets an offer from a higher club.''

Warne made his second Matlock debut in Monday night's excellent 2-1 UniBond League Challenge Cup second round victory at Leek, a result and performance which clearly delighted Williams.

''It was a great win for they're right up near the top of the league. That's four good performances in the last five games .

''I know I've said it before but I do feel we're heading in the right direction. I would have preferred the Leek result to have counted for three league points though, but I hope we can now crack on and get some league points on board. We've played three less games than some teams and with a couple more additions to the squad, we should have a really good side.''

The hunt for league points continues with a visit from Bamber Bridge on Saturday, but there is a blow for Matlock as their influential young midfielder Kris Bowler is forced to sit the game out through suspension after an accumulation of bookings.

Williams labels his absence as 'a real blow', but Steve Circuit and Ian Clarke are expected to return to the squad after missing the Leek victory. Circuit was at work, while Clarke's girlfriend gave birth to a little girl.

Meanwhile, another midfielder, Michael Sisson, faces a prolonged spell on the sidelines as it is feared that he requires surgery on his troublesome groin injury which has seen him play just once in the last nine games.

The Gladiators began their defence of the Derbyshire Senior Cup with a 5-2 victory at Graham Street Prims last Wednesday week.

 
 
 

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