Focus is on semi-final

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by Colin Ingley

Tonight’s (Thursday) Handicap Cup semi-final away to Southwell is being looked forward to with great anticipation, despite last Thursday’s 21-5 reversal in the corresponding league fixture.

A weakened Matlock team competed well at times and saw improvements in some areas.

Coach for the night Richard Massey put the match into perspective afterwards.

“We tried some things and did not play the tactics we are going to employ in the semi.

“We will have players back, but we have to be realistic in saying Southwell were only at 70 per cent and some of their players will be back.

“It is very achievable, but it will be tough.”

Tonight’s game has been hailed as the most important for the club’s development in many years.

The final is to be played at the Arc, giving Matlock a huge incentive to succeed.

The competition handicap is based on the previous season’s league placings and points totals.

The 18-goal start that Matlock have is, albeit large, well within the home side’s capability.

Training and focus for the game has gone well and the players are ready.

A large travelling away support is expected.