Saturday, January 15, 2011
Evo-Stik Premier Division
Matlock Town 1
Ross Hannah 21
Worksop Town 0
by Ian Richardson
Former Tiger Ross Hannah has often been a thorn in his old club’s side and he delivered the killer blow again as the Gladiators gained three hard-earned points from a tense local derby at the Reynolds Stadium on Saturday.
In a game of few chances, one goal always looked as if it might prove sufficient, and so it proved. Matlock deserved the win because they created most opportunities, and because they stopped a dangerous Worksop outfit playing.
A boost for the Gladiators was the return of skipper James Lukic after five games out. Liam King came into central midfield with James Knowles on the bench in the one change from the team which had beaten North Ferriby four days earlier. Worksop included former Matlock winger Jamie Jackson.
Hannah had a sniff of goal in the opening 30 seconds as, having kicked off towards the Town End, they broke down the left with Hannah flicking wide. There was a better chance for Lee Morris in the 11th minute as he found space just outside the box to advance and thread his shot past Kennedy, but just wide.
Ryan Mallon had the chance to deliver a telling cross shortly afterwards, but it had too much pace on it.
The decisive moment came on 21 minutes. Morris and Kris Bowler were both involved in the move which saw Hannah take advantage of a slip from Michael Simpkins, who failed to deal with Bowler’s pass, and Matlock’s goal machine lifted a delicate shot over the advancing Jon Kennedy for his 30th goal of the campaign.
Worksop looked for an immediate response as Adam Sollitt failed to hold a Ben Tomlinson cross and Liam King tidied up at the expense of a corner.
Hannah hit a free-kick high over the bar before the Tigers responded with Sollitt holding a well-struck effort from Bettney, who had got in behind Lee Featherstone. That would be Sollitt’s last noteworthy save.
Hannah’s first-time shot had power but was well wide five minutes into the second half when Matlock counter-attacked. But it was now a case of Matlock rolling up their sleeves and grafting. Hannah’s goal had given them something to hold on to, and they worked their socks off to gain three points.
In spite of having more of the play, Worksop kept on hitting a slammed door as central defenders Adam Yates and Lukic were immense.
Credit should also go to the midfield who denied Worksop the space to play, while Morris and Hannah worked tirelessly in attack, as did sub Dene Cropper later on .
Scrappy it may have been, effective it certainly was. In a way, this was Matlock’s best win of the season, beating a good side, who should still reach the play-offs.
Matlock Town: Adam Sollitt, Ben Turner, Lee Featherstone, Gareth Davies, Adam Yates, James Lukic, Liam King, Steve Warne, Lee Morris, Ross Hannah, Kris Bowler (Dene Cropper 77)
Other subs: Nathan Joynes, Ben Algar, James Knowles, Nick Buxton.
Referee: D Lawrence – Barnsley.
Star man: Adam Yates.