Boss Paul Phillips wants Matlock Town to 'do what they do best'

Paul Phillips wants his side to revert to what they do best when their Pitching In NPL Premier Division season resumes at Stalybridge Celtic on Saturday.

Wednesday, 16th December 2020, 7:54 am
Matlock Town return to action at Stalybridge on Saturday.

These thoughts from the Matlock Town boss followed Tuesday night’s training game at Trafford which the Gladiators lost 3-0.

Matlock had been dumped out of the FA Trophy by a 5-2 margin at Coleshill seven days earlier, so after looking watertight in defence, Matlock have leaked eight goals in two matches.

“For me it’s a matter of us building up our momentum again, we had momentum before the season was suspended, in the last couple of games it wasn’t there,” said Phillips.

"We need to do the right things in the right areas, we’re preparing right for Saturday, we trained last Thursday and Saturday, there was the training game at Trafford and we’ll be training again on Thursday before going to Stalybridge on Saturday.

"There’s no excuses from me, the lads will have had decent preparation, people need to know their jobs again. The bigger picture for me from the Trafford training game was that lads got some minutes in, some had the opportunity to stake their claim to come into the side, not many took it unfortunately.”

Matlock’s recent record at Stalybridge is poor, having lost on their last two visits by 4-1 and 3-1 margins so Phillips, along with Mark Lees, Kade Coppin and Declan Walker returning to face one of their former clubs, will be looking to make it a happy return to Bower Fold.

Stalybridge, who should include Scott Sephton who signed for Matlock shortly before lockdown last season and never made an appearance in a Matlock shirt, have struggled this term, presently occupying 18th spot.

Phillips added: “I know Stalybridge well, you have the uphill/downhill factor with the slope, but they have some good players and as I’ve said we need to do our jobs right, do the things that served us well before the season was stopped. I think we’re ready to push on again on Saturday.”

As things stand, Matlock’s next home game is on New Years Day when Gainsborough Trinity visit the Proctor Cars Stadium, but Matlock are looking at slotting in an additional fixture on Tuesday.