Town pay for misses

Matlock Town 1, Hinckley Town 3

Missed chances cost Matlock dearly in a game they largely dominated against Blue Square North Hinckley who returned to Leicestershire with a flattering victory.

It was a good FA Cup tie played in sweltering heat, nobody could complain that the players on both sides had given their all.

Hinckley took the lead in the 44th minute when nobody picked up Anore Gray from Richard Lavery’s free kick. Gray sliced his shot but fortune smiled on him and Hinckley as the ball found the bottom corner of Jon Kennedy’s net.

If Hinckley’s first goal was scruffy, then their second on 55 minutes was top quality and a candidate for goal of the season.

Yes, it was one of those probably once in a career goals, but it was top class with Tom Byrne turning and volleying instantly from nearly 40 yards. The ball flew over Kennedy who was not far off his line and dipped under the bar.

To their credit, Matlock kept on battling and pulled a goal back.

A Gareth Davies free kick was headed wide by Joynes who then turned quickly to fire in a shot destined for the top corner until Haystead took off to his left to claw the ball over the bar.

Holmes then lifted a shot too high after latching on to King’s slide rule pass, but on 70 minutes, the pressure was rewarded as Nathan Joynes drove under Haystead from 12 yards after being set up by Holmes.

Gray hit a third with just a minute remaining.

Lavery robbed Ben Algar on the half-way line and with Matlock committed to attack, the striker was played clear to hammer the final nail in Matlock’s coffin.

Matlock Town: Kennedy, Harcourt, Algar, King, Yates, Lukic, Bettney (Featherstone 64), Nightingale (Joynes 37), Holmes, Bowler (Hunter 79), Davies. Other subs: Knowles, Buxton.

Attendance: 411.

Chorley visit Matlock Town on Saturday, kick off 3pm.