Firstly, I’d like to thank everybody for the great response that last week’s blog got, it’s really great to see people enjoying reading about Matlock Town FC.
And credit to The Derbyshire Times and Matlock Mercury that they are doing their part in spreading the word about our beloved club.
Secondly, a few people asked if I was on Twitter, and I am.
You can follow me @thematlockfan or if you want to follow Matlock Town FC on Twitter, then you can do that as well by searching for @Matlock_TownFC.
Now on to match matters and it’s with a heavy heart that I have to blog about another two points dropped at home against Stocksbridge Park Steels, after running the game for the majority of the 90 minutes, and going ahead thanks to a Lewis McMahon penalty (fun stat for you confirmed by Lewis McMahon himself - Lewis hasn’t missed a penalty in five years and that includes three already this season!).
In the second half Stocksbridge would ‘steal’ it at the death with a corner into the box that landed right on their 6ft 5ins centre back’s noggin, and he wasn’t going to miss a chance like that.
But before that, Stocksbridge had a shot cleared off the line and a penalty appeal turned down, so on another day Matlock could have left with no points - despite all their possession and hard work.
So what’s the problem with Matlock and why do we keep dropping points?
In my opinion it’s down to not taking our chances.
Take Saturday’s game: we must’ve had seven or eight chances, with three of them being very good goal scoring opportunities, but we were unable to put them away for a variety of reasons - such as lack of pace or strength.
But how do you solve this problem?
You go out and buy a new striker, yeah? Well yeah, but Matlock aren’t Manchester City and everybody wants a good goal-scoring striker, so managers at Northern Premier level have to quite often rely on contacts and players wanting to turn out for the club, which although doesn’t sound too difficult, you must remember that clubs have a set wage and transfer budget that they must stick to.
Then things get really difficult, but that’s one of the things that make me proud to be a Matlock fan. Where clubs in the past have gone out of business - gambling on the boom or bust move (paying huge wages and hoping they achieve promotion so they can accommodate them) Matlock’s board won’t do that as they are real fans of the club - just as everybody else is who pays their £9 on a Saturday to cheer on the Gladiators, and that includes management duo Mark Atkins and Nick Buxton!
Meanwhile other goings on in the club have seen some groundwork done, pictures of which can be seen on Facebook, if you search for Matlock Town FC.
And with no midweek match day, all fans’ focus has been on Saturday’s FA Trophy first qualifying round clash against Eastwood Town. Hopefully by then we’ll see a new face or two, as I’m sure the gaffer is working hard behind the scenes to bring players of real quality to the club.
That’s all for me this week, remember to follow me on Twitter if you wish, and share this article around let’s spread the name and values of Matlock Town and I’ll see you all next Wednesday (or maybe Thursday as I like to keep you guessing) with more Matlock Town exploits than you could fit on two football pitches.
by James Griffiths