Friendship on and off pitch firing academy to the top

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Matlock Town Academy Blues star Jordan Lee says his relationship on and off the field with strike partner Billy Whitehead has been key to their successes in front of goal this season, writes Matthew Wojciow.

Matlock Blues find themselves top of the league with only four games to go.

Before their possible title-deciding, double-header with Mickleover Sports, the goals provided by both Lee and Whitehead could prove to be vital over the coming weeks.

“There is a great team spirit among the lads and we work well together as a result of that,” Lee said.

That was evident by the recent performance against Warrington Town, who are also towards the top of the Evo-Stik Joma Division table.

Whitehead scored in the first 20 minutes and Matlock didn’t feel like they were going to concede.

Whitehead also alluded to the great spirit in the team, saying: “The game against Warrington showed how well we work as a team.

“We never looked like conceding as we were playing that well.”

The relationship between Lee and Whitehead has led to great success for the team.

When asked how come the two have such a great chemistry with each other. Lee said: “We are friends on and off the field and get on so well.

“I think this translates well on the pitch and we make each other better players for it.”

Whitehead had a similar response as to what their relationship was like and how it benefited the team.

He said: “Jordan is a top player.

“I know that if I get myself into the right positions on the field, then I think that he will be able to pick me out.

“We have a chemistry together that fits the team perfectly.”

Assistant manager James Holmes added his thoughts the subject of the almost telepathic link the two strikers seem to have.

He said: “Jordan and Billy are great friends, on and off of the pitch.

“It shows when they play together.

“They seem to be able to connect on the pitch and this benefits the team greatly.”

Lee, a former Burton Albion academy player, and Whitehead, a former Chesterfield academy member, said playing for Matlock Blues had been a great time for them both.

He said the club had made them both better players.