Match Preview: Nantwich Town v Matlock Town

By Steve Sharman:

Nantwich Town will look to continue their good form at home tomorrow night as they take on Matlock Town at the Weaver Stadium. The game was due to have been played on the 10th of February, but was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Match Details
Nantwich Town v Matlock Town
Evo-Stik Premier Division
Weaver Stadium
Tuesday 6th March 2018

Ticket Prices
Adults: £10
Concessions: £7
U18s: £3

Last Time Out
It’s been ten days since the Dabbers last played after recent scheduled game against Shaw Lane and Warrington Town were beaten by the recent snow. Two first half goals against Grantham Town last weekend, saw a convincing 3-1 home win over the play-off contenders. Sean Cooke opened the scoring firing in Matt Bell’s well worked corner before Harry Clayton added a second after collecting David Forbes’ flick from Cooke’s corner. The points were pretty much confirmed in the second period as Bell raced clear and fired in a low effort with Lee Shaw added a late consolation for the visitors.

The Opposition
The Gladiators have won just twice in nine games since the turn of the year with victories over Lancaster City and Farsley Celtic. The win over Farsley was their fourth win away from home this season, however the Derbyshire club have lost 11 on their travels. Matlock’s last two games have seen them beaten 3-2 by Halesowen and then Witton with both games being lost to 90th minute winners. They currently sit 20th in the table with 38 points from 34 games.

The Managers – Glenn Kirkwood and Craig Hopkins
Glenn and Craig were both being crowd favourites playing in successful and entertaining Matlock teams of a decade ago. They had their first taste of management by taking charge of Matlock Town’s reserve side and then had a short spell as joint-caretaker-managers of the first team. The duo then had a three and a half years stint at Heanor Town guiding them to promotion to the Northern Counties East League as title winners. Mickleover Sports was their next port of call for another three and a half years. Their turnaround at Sports saw them take Mickleover from bottom to the top in two seasons as they raced to promotion to the Premier Division.

Key Man – Shaun Harrad (Forward)
Starting his career at Notts County, Shaun made just under 30 appearances before his release in 2005. He then joined Burton Albion, spending six years with the Brewers, where he was the club’s top scorer in the 2009-10 campaign. He then spent time with the likes of Northampton, Bury, Cheltenham and Worcester before making his way to Matlock, where he currently is one of the league’s top scorers, netting 18 times this season.

Tuesday night league Fixtures
Altrincham vs Stourbridge
Hednesford Town v Buxton
Mickleover Sports v Stalybridge Celtic
Nantwich Town v Matlock Town

Our Last Meeting
Goals from Harry Clayton and a double from David Forbes secured a much-needed three points for Nantwich as they beat Matlock 3-0 at the DCJ Group Insurance Arena. Harry Clayton opened the scoring on the seven-minute mark he popped it through a defender’s legs before firing home into the bottom corner. David Forbes doubled Nantwich’s lead five minutes after the interval as Matt Bell’s free-kick fell to Forbes to head into an open goal. Forbes finished the job with eight minutes to go as Forbes was there to tap home into an empty net.


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