Matlock Town boss Dave Frecklington starts on squad revamp

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Matlock boss Dave Frecklington’s plan to revise his playing squad has already began with full-back Jordan Lemon and striker Shaun Harrad out on loan and winger Jordan Chapell transfer listed, despite coming on as a substitute in Tuesday’s Derbyshire Senior Cup win over Belper Town.

Lemon’s was the first move as he made his debut for Stocksbridge P8ark Steels in their 1-1 home draw with Spalding United on Saturday.

Then in midweek, Harrad, assistant boss under former manager Dave Hoole but having played only six minutes as a substitute in the win against Stalybridge Celtic on November 17.

The experienced forward suffered a broken tibia during the Gladiators FA Cup defeat to Halesowen Town on September 6.

“Jordan wanted to play so he’s gone out to Stocksbridge but we have a twenty four hour recall on him. Shaun signed his papers at Grantham Town on Tuesday and will be there for a month.

We were in wrong place at wrong time

He’s a big part of our plans going forward and hopefully he’ll come back much fitter and there’ll be healthy competition for places in the striking department. Jordan Chapell’s on the transfer list but we haven’t received any offers as of yet.”

Meanwhile full back Jake Green has left the Gladiators but Frecklington says Matlock will be retaining his NPL registration.

“I had a good chat with Jake on Monday night and he told me that due to his increased work commitments he can’t commit the time needed to the football club with training and games but we’ll be retaining his registration in case his circumstances change.”

Green joined Matlock from Mickleover Sports in the summer of 2016 and has made 117 appearances scoring eight times including a free kick in the 5-0 Derbyshire Senior Cup Final win over Gresley in 2017.