With safety all but secured for the Dabbers, there’s only pride and a good run of form to play for, and with that in mind we head to promotion-chasing Matlock Town on Saturday afternoon (3pm kick-off).

Matlock, Stock and Two Smoking Dabbers

For a large part of the season, Matlock were comfortably in the top two, trading places with Buxton for that automatic promotion spot. However, a downturn in form has meant they now sit third with a six point deficit to South Shields in 2nd and are going to have to settle for a play-off spot in all likelihood.

A win in their last game against Basford was their first in 7 matches, three successive goalless draws before that frustrating their efforts to close that gap to Shields and Buxton. But this does mean they have now gone four full games without conceding a goal, a similar run to what the Dabbers achieved recently, so it will take some quality to get past that defence.

And with tense looking fixtures in their final two against Buxton and Warrington, both also chasing promotion, they will be looking to target this match to lock down that play-off place.

Last Time Out

In August, Matlock claimed a 1-0 win at the Optimum Pay Stadium, a Reece Kendle goal in the second half winning the game for the visitors, a result typical of that part of the season at home for the Dabbers with Nantwich not taking our chances and the visiting team taking advantage. Highlights of that one are available below.

Players to Watch

Jesurun Uchegbulam scored the winner against Basford and has scored a couple of others in recent matches. Also in the goals has been defender Ioan Evans, so it’s two different types of goalscoring threat that the Dabbers will have to contend with tomorrow.

Match Information

Tickets are price at £10 for adults, £6.50 for concessions, £5 for students, £3 for 10-18 year olds, and free for under 10s and NHS ID holders.

Reduced train services over the Easter weekend could have an impact on fans planning on getting the train so please check before you travel.

Fans are also reminded that car parking in the vicinity of the Procter Cars Stadium is also very busy at this time of year so leave plenty of time for travelling.

Finally, voting is still open for Dabbers supporters to select their Player and Young Player of the Season for 2021/22, click here to submit your vote if you haven’t already.