Town waiting for international clearance

Mark Atkins, Matlock Town manager
Mark Atkins, Matlock Town manager

Matlock Town will be hoping their fine home record against Whitby Town stands them in good stead when the Seasiders visit the Reynolds Stadium on Saturday.

The relegation-threatened visitors have failed to record a victory at Matlock in ten league and cup visits and if they are to stand any chance of beating the drop, they could really do with a victory over the Gladiators.

Second-bottom Whitby have just four league wins so far this season, and notably three of these have occurred on their travels.

With Matlock’s poor performance in the 2-0 home defeat by Ashton United still fresh in his mind, manager Mark Atkins - pictured - has warned that his team must be on top of their game to improve on their own recent his disappointing sequence of results which has seen them win just one of the last ten league matches.

The cold snap caused a complete white-out of the Evo-Stik NPL Premier Division fixture list last weekend with Matlock’s game at North Ferriby United being called off on Saturday morning.

Atkins is still waiting for international clearance to come through for 6ft 2in central defender Laurence Gaughan after the former Celtic youngster and Eire youth player had spent most of this season playing in the Emerald Isle.

Gaughan should be able to make his debut against the Seasiders, providing all goes well.

Good news for the Gladiators is that injured trio Chris Bettney, Gareth Davies and Kris Bowler were all expected to train this week with a view to inclusion on Saturday.