Gladiators do like to be beside the seaside

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A Harry Limb brace and a late individual strike from Michael Williams were Matlock Town’s reward for dominating much of their 3-0 win at Whitby Town.

It maintained interim manager Dave Hoole’s unbeaten record and was a third successive victory for the Gladiators, in which they have struck three goals each time.

Matlock again played some exciting passing football on a difficult surface.

Ricky German hurriedly sliced a sixth-minute effort 12 yards wide.

Matlock soon won a corner and Jan Yeomans, in his final match on loan from Boston United, went down awkwardly and required treatment behind the goal.

While physio Mark Mullins was attending to him, Matlock took an 11th-minute lead, home keeper Jack Norton slicing his clearance to Limb, who advanced and netted from the rebound after Norton blocked his first attempt.

Norton held a 20-yarder from Williams; German, having been played through by Joe Doyle-Charles, was denied by a wonderful challenge from Lewis Maloney; and then Limb broke through but Norton saved comfortably from his low drive.

Whitby survived again in fortuitous circumstances on 54 minutes when Kieran Wallace was thwarted by a miraculous goalline block from Jamie Poole to keep the home side in contention.

Their respite lasted only seven more minutes as following some fine passing, Wallace played in Limb to drive conclusively past Norton from 12 yards.

Williams added a fine third goal in stoppage time. The referee played a good advantage to allow the midfielder to carry on after a foul and he raced clear from the half way line before tucking a slide-rule finish past Norton.