Atkins adds three more

Anton Foster
Anton Foster

Three summer acquisitions quickly turned into six as a trio of midfielders signed on the dotted line after Matlock Town’s 2-1 win at Teversal in their opening pre-season friendly on Saturday.

Anton Foster, Corey Gregory and Liam Gaughan all featured at Caernarvon Street, as did earlier close season signings David Haggerty, Danny Holland and Darryl Thomas who netted the equaliser before youngster Matty Wilkinson hit the decider.

Matlock boss Mark Atkins is delighted with his latest captures as the pre-season campaign gathers pace with a visit from Alfreton Town on Friday night (7.30 pm) and a trip to Hednesford Town on Tuesday (7.45 pm).

Thirty-one-year-old Foster is hugely experienced at this level, having been part of the Eastwood Town side who won the NPL title in 2008/09. He joins Matlock from Boston United and has also had spells at FC Halifax Town, Buxton, Belper Town and Sheffield FC.

Gregory, meanwhile, is just 20-years-old and began his career at Sheffield United before being loaned out to Leicester City, Hucknall Town and Belper Town.

Last season he was at Stalybridge Celtic and scored the Conference North club’s goal in their 2-1 FA Trophy defeat at the Reynolds Stadium last November.

Eighteen-year-old Gaughan has made the step up from Baris NCEL Armthorpe Welfare and is seen as one for the future.

“I’m really pleased to get these three lads signed on,” said Atkins.”

“Anton got in touch with us to see if we were interested in him, he’s trained really well and I’ve always been impressed with him whichever club he’s been with.

“He’s energetic and always on the front foot and the kind of player we’ve lacked since Liam King left.

“Corey’s an attacking midfielder or forward who I saw play three times for Stalybridge last season and he was outstanding each time. When I heard he was available I got in touch and he’s delighted to be with us.

“His first touch is excellent and he shows great awareness to unlock defences in that final third.

“Liam’s just a young lad but is tenacious and can see a pass, he did very well last weekend.”

Six new players may yet become more according to Atkins.

He added: “We’re still talking to one or two lads who would strengthen the squad. All we can say at present is that things are ongoing.”

Matlock had eight potential first team players unavailable at Teversal.

“ We would have ideally liked everyone to have had 45 minutes but some had to do a lot more which can be dangerous injury wise but luckily we came out unscathed,” said Atkins.

“Alfreton and Hednesford will obviously be more difficult but they should be good games and it’ll be interesting to see how we do in both.”

The scheduled match at Staveley on Saturday has been cancelled due to other planned events on the Inkersall Road ground on that day.