The Matlock Fan: ‘Players need to repay supporters’

NMAM 6-4-13 RKH 27 Matlock V AFC Fylde

NMAM 6-4-13 RKH 27 Matlock V AFC Fylde

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You never quite get a quiet week as a Matlock fan and in one week alone we’ve seen three games - two defeats and one victory, two players reprimanded for being out in a nightclub at 5AM on the day before a game and a goalkeeper trapping his hand while at work meaning he’s now likely to miss the rest of the season.

After poor displays on derby day against Buxton FC, where Matlock suffered a 0-1 away defeat without a shot on goal, and then a 2-1 defeat in Doodson Cup semi final against Curzon Ashton, nobody gave Matlock much hope as big spending AFC Fylde came to town.

Only a few weeks ago the Gladiators had gone down in the reverse fixture by three goals to nil. Jon Kennedy was injured and Nick Buxton ,who suffers from notorious back trouble, would take his place with untested U19 goalkeeper Matt Leese on the bench.

I feared the worst but as has often proved to be the case this season Matlock refused to play to any sort of script and two brilliant goals from Joe Leesley and Massiah McDonald paved the way to victory.

McDonald’s in particular was a fine solo effort. He picked up the ball on the half way line and beat several AFC Fylde defenders before slotting home to score. If it had happened in the Premier League then it would have been talked about by everybody on Monday and is well worth a glimpse on MTFC TV.

Fylde would score a consolation goal in the 90th minute as the game finished 2-1 but the main worry for Matlock would be that goalkeeping position.

Nick Buxton collapsed in his area following a goal kick having cramp in both his legs and struggled to walk off at the end of 90 minuets leaving Matlock with only Matt Leese as a recognised goalkeeper in the squad.

The only chance of bringing in another goalkeeper is if the league agree to an emergency loan, as the registration window is currently closed so my fingers are well and truly crossed on that score.

Finally, I’d like to discuss the two players who decided naively that it was a good idea to go to a nightclub at 5AM, hopefully these two anonymous players will give back to the fans on the pitch for their error of judgement.

JAMES GRIFFITHS