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Gladiators start 2018/19 Evo-Stik Premier season on home soil

Matlock Town v Halesowen Town'Evo-Stik Premier Division'Saturday 4th October 2014'Autoworld Arena, Causeway Lane, Matlock, Derbyshire.''The Twigg Stand inside Matlock Town's Autoworld Arena ground.''Picture by Dan Westwell
Matlock Town v Halesowen Town'Evo-Stik Premier Division'Saturday 4th October 2014'Autoworld Arena, Causeway Lane, Matlock, Derbyshire.''The Twigg Stand inside Matlock Town's Autoworld Arena ground.''Picture by Dan Westwell

Matlock Town have been handed home games against Lancastrian sides on the first two Saturdays of the new Evo-Stik NPL Premier Division season.

The Gladiators will be hoping for a repeat of last season’s results against their opening day opponents Lancaster City on August 18, Matlock winning 2-1 at the Giant Axe and 4-3 in the return.

Matlock Town football club academy. David Hoole reserve team head coach.

Matlock Town football club academy. David Hoole reserve team head coach.

The second Lancashire club to come to the Proctor Cars Stadium seven days later are Bamber Bridge, promoted via the play offs from the First Division North in May.

Matlock will need to be on their guard on their tough early season travels. Their first away game on Tuesday 21 August is at newly promoted Scarborough Athletic whose assistant manager is former Matlock manager Mark Hume and this is followed by a trip to Gainsborough Trinity, featuring former Matlock favourites Ross Hannah and Liam King on August Bank Holiday Monday.

A trio of difficult away games is completed with the long trek to Workington on Saturday 1 September with Whitby Town due down in Derbyshire three days later.

Matlock’s festive programme begins with a home game with Stafford Rangers on Saturday December 22 before travelling to Buxton for a Boxing Day derby.

Ross Hannah, Matlock Town.

Ross Hannah, Matlock Town.

Gainsborough Trinity will be their first opponents of 2018 with an attractive looking New Year’s Day fixture in prospect at the Proctor Cars Stadium.

The Gladiators visit Bamber Bridge on Easter Saturday before Buxton come to town in their final home game on Easter Monday. Matlock finish the campaign at Stafford Rangers.

Other noteable fixtures are the clashes with up and coming South Shields who are at Matlock on Saturday 15 September with Matlock travelling north on Saturday 1 December.

FIXTURES IN FULL:

Buxton FC v Matlock Town (yellow), Mark Hume

Buxton FC v Matlock Town (yellow), Mark Hume

AUGUST

Sat 18 LANCASTER CITY (H)

Tue 21 Scarborough Athletic (A)

Sat 25 BAMBER BRIDGE (H)

Mon 27 Gainsborough Trinity (A)

SEPTEMBER

Sat 1 Workington (A)

Tue 4 WHITBY TOWN (H)

Sat 8 F A CUP 1Q

Mon 10 Basford United (A)

Sat 15 SOUTH SHIELDS (H)

Sat 22 F A CUP 2Q

Tue 25 GRANTHAM TOWN (H)

Sat 29 Farsley Celtic (A)

OCTOBER

Tue 2 North Ferriby United (A)

Sat 6 HYDE UNITED (H)

Tue 9 MARINE (H)

Sat 13 Warrington Town (A)

Tue 16 Mickleover Sports (A)

Sat 20 HEDNESFORD TOWN (H)

Sat 27 F A TROPHY 1Q

NOVEMBER

Sat 3 Nantwich Town (A)

Sat 10 F A TROPHY 2Q

Sat 17 STALYBRIDGE CELTIC (H)

Sat 24 BASFORD UNITED (H)

DECEMBER

Sat 1 South Shields (A)

Sat 8 WORKINGTON (H)

Sat 15 Whitby Town (A)

Sat 22 STAFFORD RANGERS (H)

Wed 26 Buxton (A)

JANUARY

Tue 1 GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY (H)

Sat 5 Lancaster City (A)

Sat 12 Witton Albion (A)

Sat 19 SCARBOROUGH ATHLETIC (H)

Sat 26 NANTWICH TOWN (H)

FEBRUARY

Sat 2 Stalybridge Celtic (A)

Sat 9 Hyde United (A)

Sat 16 FARSLEY CELTIC (H)

Sat 23 Grantham Town (A)

MARCH

Sat 2 NORTH FERRIBY UNITED (H)

Sat 16 Marine (A)

Sat 23 MICKLEOVER SPORTS (H)

Sat 30 Hednesford Town (A)

APRIL

Sat 6 WARRINGTON TOWN (H)

Sat 13 WITTON ALBION (H)

Sat 20 Bamber Bridge (A)

Mon 22 BUXTON (H)

Sat 27 Stafford Rangers (A)