By Colin Ingley
Hucknall’s killing decisive goal 30 seconds from the final whistle ended Matlock’s Handicap Cup aspirations for another year barely a minute after Matlock themselves had a golden opportunity to finish the game.
The home side put out a very strong team against a Matlock team still without a few of their senior squad members.
Hucknall continued throughout to gradually erode the Derbyshire side’s handicap start, but the contest was made interesting with three very good goals converted by Mike Glancy, Andy Massey and Martin Beeson.
With just over a minute to go and without challenge, Matlock missed the target with a very good chance and almost immediately succumbed to the break away finisher.
“I am pleased that our developing players have acquired some big match experience after the recent friendlies,” said coach Richard Sellors afterwards.
“I am looking, however, to having our first 13 out at some stage as a base to progress further.”
This match followed on from last Tuesday’s away friendly defeat at Nottingham University where developing goalkeeper Andy Goodacre had an excellent game.
South Derbyshire visit the Arc on Sunday in the first round of the Knockout Cup.
Arguably the last chance now of silverware this season in a major competition, Matlock hope to have some of their regulars back against local rivals who have pulled away a bit by way of results in the last couple of years.
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