Matlock can take positives from away loss

Parkgate u19s 4

Matlock Town u19s 1

Matlock Town U19s made an 80-mile round trip to play Parkgate in the Baris North Midlands League and lost 4-1, despite an encouraging display.

The game was full of end-to-end action. Both teams worked hard in a well-mannered and competitive match.

It was clear from the off that Parkgate managers Shaun Wilkinson and Terry Millns had developed a strongly organised and disciplined side, with sound passing and crossing skills. After eight minutes, Matlock conceded a direct free-kick. Parkgate’s Louis Millns stepped up to the mark and it was 1-0.

The young Matlock side rallied and rallied, and became the dominant side and, after 14 minutes, it was game on, as Declan Johnson’s shot hit the back of the net to make it 1-1.

Both teams showed great strength of character and, after 37 minutes, Millns of Parkate hit the net for a second time. Matlock showed their mettle and, despite being one goal behind, went into the changing rooms for half-time, according to Mr Millns, the slightly better side.

As the clock hit 57 minutes, Parkgate’s Jamie Rodgers drove a cracker into the near post and, at 70 minutes, Stefan Beckham sealed the contest with a fantastic volley into the top corner.

Matlock’s is a young side and pre-arranged substitutions were made with Jordan Holland at 60 minutes, Josh Timms at 70 minutes and Jim Rogers at 80 minutes. The latter was just 16 years and two weeks, and settled straight away.

Matlock rallied again, producing four good chances but it was not to be and, on the day, Parkgate were the better side.

However, the Young Gladiators are progressing well, and take note of everything the team at Matlock under 19s are trying to develop. They left Sheffield with heads held high in readiness to work on all the positives taken from the game.

The team at Matlock Under 19s are also very appreciative of all the support given by the players’ families and friends, in addition to the local football managers with whom almost all of Matlock Town Under 19s also play football for.

Appreciation must also be given to Parkgate’s secretary, Rob O’Neil, for his match day organisation and it would be appropriate to end with the words of Shaun Wilkinson: “I thought Matlock Town FC were superb from start to finish on and off the field and we look forward as a club to come and visit you in Matlock later in the season with great anticipation”.

The next home game is scheduled for Tuesday, September 25 ,with a 7.45pm kick-off at Causeway Lane.