Matlock Town u19s 5
Maltby Main u19s 2
A YOUNG and new-look Matlock Town u19s played their first league game of the season at the Reynolds Stadium against Maltby Main.
The youngsters soon settled into their rhythm, playing some excellent one-touch football and created a number of chances, but it wasn’t until the 30th minute that the deadlock was broken when Josh Sears finished yet another slick move.
The game should have been over as a competition by half-time but the one goal was all they had to show at the interval, despite dominating the game.
As so often happens, it looked as if Matlock were going to rue all the missed chances as Maltby scored two well-taken goals to take the lead.
This seemed to be the push that Matlock needed as from then on they returned to their free flowing football and totally controlled the game.
The very impressive Dec Jenkins, who alongside Matt Andrews tormented the Maltby defence, equalized and then finished superbly to give Matlock a 3-2 lead.
It was one-way traffic by now with more chances going a begging for Matlock until Adam Clark turned the ball home to give them a two-goal cushion
Matt Wilkinson headed a superb fifth to make the final score 5-2.
The manner in which the Matlock performed has to be commended.
Not only was the football excellent but to come back from 2-1 down in the manner they did was applauded by the large crowd at the final whistle.
There will be tougher challenges ahead for the youngsters but on this showing the future looks good.