Atkins asks for even more wins

Matlock Town striker Ross Hannah turns away in delight after scoring the equalising goal in last nights 2-1 win over North Ferriby United.
Matlock Town striker Ross Hannah turns away in delight after scoring the equalising goal in last nights 2-1 win over North Ferriby United.
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MATLOCK Town boss Mark Atkins wants his side to go all out for more wins as they continued their excellent form this week.

Having won four out of their last five league matches, the Gladiators now sit third in the Evo-Stik Premier League table.

And now the manager is asking for more of the same.

He said: “We’re playing to a good standard at the minute and we’ve got to try and win games. It’s no use going for draws, so I’ll be looking for more of the same great attitude from the players in the games to come.”

Matlock now face two tough matches with fellow promotion rivals, with the visit of Worksop Town on Saturday and a trip down the A38 to Chasetown on Tuesday night.

“Worksop are a very good side” Atkins warned. “But we are at home and I’m expecting us to have a good chance of collecting all three points.

“As for Chasetown, they’ve come up and done very well. It’ll be a difficult place to go on a Tuesday night but we’ll go down there and give it our best shot.”

Double

Matlock followed up a hard-fought 1-0 win at Frickley on Saturday with an equally hard-earned 2-1 home success against North Ferriby, the results and performances in both wins cheering Atkins.

He said: “We said to the lads before the Burscough game that we needed to start to put another run of wins together after the disappointing show at Mickleover.

“Now it’s three on the bounce and the players deserve full credit for their application and determination.

“People are still coughing and spluttering in the dressing room, players are playing out of position and they’re doing this both for their team mates and the football club. You cannot give them qualities like that, they’re inside them and they’re great qualities to have.”

The one black mark on the pitch was the dismissal of Gareth Davies for an alleged head-but on Chris Bolder against North Ferriby.

Atkins added: “Gareth reckons he didn’t do anything but nevertheless he’ll now have a three-match ban which isn’t ideal with our small squad.”

The manager admits he faces a tough decision with skipper James Lukic probably being fit enough for a recall after missing the last five games through suspension, a back injury and then a nasty dose of flu.

He said: “I’ve got a dilemma, but a good one. There’s lots of things to think about, a few have played a lot of games in a short space of time. It’s important we use the whole squad wisely.”

Support

The North Ferriby tie attracted Matlock’s lowest gate of the season as just 224 hardy souls braved a cold night.

Chairman Tom Wright and Atkins said they were both hoping for a vastly improved attendance against Worksop and in future games at the Reynolds Stadium.

Atkins said: “The lads are working hard and deserve a good level of support.

“There’s a lot of people working very hard behind the scenes at this football club and I believe the players are replicating that on the pitch so it would be nice to see more people coming through the turnstiles and cheering the team on.”

Wright added: ““I know times are hard financially, but it’s the same for all clubs at this level, Matlock Town included.

“We’ve vastly improved our facilities with the new stand offering a great comfortable view and work on our new Social Club is nearing completion.

“The team are doing very well and as things stand, we’ve got a great chance of reaching the play-offs.

“Worksop has the makings of being a great game on Saturday and they’ll bring a good following with them so we’re looking to the people of Matlock to come on down and support the club both vocally and financially like they’ve done so many times in the past.”