Beeson’s double sinks the travelling Gladiators

Lewis McMahon
Lewis McMahon

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Evo-Stik League Premier Division

Worksop Town 2

Lee Beeson 18, 57

Matlock Town 0

Matlock Town: Jon Kennedy, Adam Yates, Lee Featherstone (Nathan Joynes 58), Liam King, Laurence Gaughan, James Lukic, Paul Riley, Kris Bowler, Ian Holmes, Lewis McMahon, Ben Algar (Chris Bettney 58) Other subs: Kris Witcombe, Nick Buxton.

Referee: M McGrath (Leconfield, East Yorkshire)

Attendance: 300

Star man: Lewis McMahon

Lee Beeson struck both goals to easily beat a lethargic Matlock who looked as if the end of the season could not come quickly enough.

Matlock went down to table-topping Chester seven days earlier with honour and their pride intact but at Sandy Lane they went down with scarcely a whimper. Their miserable set of results on their travels continued and they never looked remotely like achieving just their third away win of the season and their first for over six months.Worksop went into the game out of form themselves. The Tigers had lost their previous five home games and they must have been surprised at the ease with which they saw off a Gladiators side who failed to test rookie goalkeeper Sean Cuff all afternoon.

There was just the one change from the side that faced Chester as leading scorer Ian Holmes replaced Liam Wilkin who was unavailable. Former Chesterfield midfielder Ben Watkis, signed on Thursday, was not included.

Worksop named former Gladiator Jamie Jackson in attack and he was upended by Kris Bowler inside the first five seconds! From the free kick, Massiah McDonald volleyed over the bar. Matlock’s response was a neat move which came to a premature end when Lee Featherstone’s cross from the left was too strong for Lewis McMahon.

Beeson shot well wide from the edge of the box, as did Bowler for the Gladiators in a mostly scrappy start. From the Matlock viewpoint, the game got no better.

A lack of concentration on 18 minutes led to Worksop taking the lead when Jackson got in behind Yates and went down under Yates’s tackle to earn a penalty. Yates was booked and Beeson kept cool to slot a controlled finish into the bottom corner.

Jackson was given too much space again in the 24th minute, cutting in from the left to curl a shot over the bar.

Matlock struggled to put any moves of substance together, a sterile period of play coming to an end on 37 minutes when Laurence Gaughan headed a McMahon cross over the bar, to be quickly followed by Liam King curling narrowly wide from 25 yards.

The half ended with Jackson firing across the face of the goal and McDonald heading too high from Ryan Clark’s right wing centre.

Matlock needed to increase both the tempo and their desire levels in the second half. Paul Riley was on the end of a long throw from McMahon but there was no power in his finish. James Lukic probably should have equalised shortly afterwards as he failed to find a connecting header from a fine McMahon cross with the goal gaping.

Referee McGrath’s performance was on a par with Matlock’s due to a number of puzzling decisions and bookings.

Beeson was booked for taking a free kick too quickly and late on the Tigers Luke Shiels was lying injured behind the goal and was booked for leaving the field without the official’s permission!

From the aforementioned free kick, which was taken again, Owain Warlow struck the post.

Matlock’s day was summed up aptly with a sloppy second goal conceded in the 57th minute. Kennedy, on his first return tfollowing his move from Worksop in the summer, picked up a back pass. The Gladiators’ wall disintegrated as Beeson’s shot found the net.

An immediate double substitution which brought on Nathan Joynes and Chris Bettney in place of Featherstone and Ben Algar failed to bring any improvement although Town should have made more use of a break by Holmes who crossed from the right but nobody was there to convert what would have been a simple tap in.

Jackson had a goal disallowed and McDonald headed against the bar as the Tigers looked more likely to increase their lead than Matlock force a recovery. It was a performance to forget as far as Matlock were concerned with few players emerging with credit.