Matlock stalwart praised after 200th Gladiators appearance

Derbyshire County FA Senior Challenge Cup Final. Gresley and Matlock Town. Pictured for Matlock is Michael Harcourt.

Derbyshire County FA Senior Challenge Cup Final. Gresley and Matlock Town. Pictured for Matlock is Michael Harcourt.

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A Matlock Town stalwart has come in for praise from his manager, after clocking up his 200th appearance for the Gladiators.

Micky Harcourt reached the landmark on Tuesday, a rare achievement in modern day non-league where players move from club to club on an almost yearly basis.

Mark Hume says Harcourt is Mr Dependable for Matlock and is a role model for his team-mates.

“He’s really consistent and very rarely lets you down, steady and always gives 100 per cent and other players need to be looking closely at that,” said the manager.

The Matlock Town Academy have also been singled out for kind words by the first team boss this week, having returned home from the Blackpool Cup over Easter as winners of both the Under 17s and Under 19s tournaments.

And in a remarkable twist, the club’s Under 18s faced their Under 19s in the U19s final.

Hume said: “They’ve done really well and should be very proud, it’s nice to see they’ve come back as champions and Jamie Yates, Steve Heath and everyone behind the scenes deserves great credit, it’s a fine achievement.”

Meanwhile Matlock have one or two knocks ahead of Saturday, including Laurie Wilson and Tom Burgin, while Danny Holland came off on Tuesday after feeling unwell.

But both Craig Nelthorpe and Ted Cribley could earn recalls to the starting line up after work commitments prevented their inclusion in midweek.