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Manor Pharmacy Matlock and District Football League

By Drew Robertson

Weather washed out the Manor Pharmacy Matlock & District Football League programme again at the weekend and so the games are now piling up as the championship reaches its crucial end-of-season climax.

Footballers are becoming increasingly frustrated by the conditions that have hammered the matches throughout the last two months.

But there’s good news as the league looks forward and is setting the target of creating two strong divisions next season with numerous fresh clubs looking to join a rejuvenated and strengthened set-up over the last few years.

Secretary Jim Else is appealing to ‘new and unattached’ clubs to join the Matlock set-up, which is gaining a reputation for the standard of football played by well-organised clubs who are attracting great talent.

“We’re always looking forward and although this season has been exceptionally trying in terms of the weather, we are confident that we can take another stride forward and improve the standard and the level of competition in the Matlock & District Football League,” said Mr Else, who can be contacted by those willing to join via e-mail on secretary@matlockfootball.co.uk or by giving him a call on 01773 833945.

Chairman Drew Robertson added his weight behind the push to bolster the league.

He enthused: “We recognise it is hard in the financial climate for teams to travel too far afield and that’s one of the strengths of providing a set-up that is based around the Matlock region, where clubs compete against local opposition.

“The standard is improving and we are looking forward to an expanded set-up to provide an even better outlet for the many talented footballers in our district.”

Meanwhile, as plans are put in place for next season, action continues this Saturday, February 26, with a Cavendish Cup clash between Darley Dale Lions and Tansley.

Scheduled Manor Pharmacy Matlock and District League matches include Shirland Miners Welfare v Wirksworth Albion, Woodthorpe v Matlock Town Youth, Black Hippo v Riddings Rovers and Laburnum Saints v The Kings Arms.