Matlock Town rebuild already underway

Matlock town v Ashton united. Matlock manager Mark Hume.
Matlock town v Ashton united. Matlock manager Mark Hume.

Matlock Town boss has begun his plans Hume as he plans to build his own squad in his first full season in charge.

But Hume knows he will have to get full value out of the set budget as he looks to guide Matlock to an improved finish next season in what he expects to be an even more competitive league.

“We’re already working on next season’s squad, I’ve people in mind but at the end of the day we need to ensure that we remain within the budget that’s set,” Hume said.

““We’ve lost two very good sides in FC United and Curzon but Hyde and Colwyn Bay have come down and will be tough opponents. Then those who have come up are also good sides, Darlington will bring a good following to games as FC used to which is important to clubs in the league.”

Matlock have this week been named runners up to Blyth Spartans in the Evo-Stik NPL Premier Division’s 2014/2015 Fair Play standings.

In their forty six league matches and one in the Doodson Cup, the Gladiators collected a season’s total of 57 cautions and most notably, just the one red card which did not arrive until Easter Monday when midfielder Nicky Travis was dismissed for a mistimed but not malicious challenge on Buxton’s Jamie Green.

A cheque for five hundred pounds will be making its way to the Autoworld Arena and in what has been a challenging season on the field with Matlock battling successfully to avoid relegation, their disciplinary record has to be applauded.

“We’re extremely proud of how the players have conducted themselves on the field of play, particularly as we’ve needed to fight tremendously hard to retain our place in the Premier Division,” said Chairman Tom Wright.

“To only receive one red card when nowadays it’s far easier to get sent off than it was years ago is a fantastic achievement, the players and management deserve great credit” added Wright.

Matlock’s Presentation Night takes place in the Autoworld Lounge on Friday starting at 7.30 pm.

The Derbyshire Senior Cup, won emphatically by Hume’s men in a 7-0 thrashing of Gresley in the final at the Proact Stadium, will be on view, Town’s first silverware since 2010. Admission is free.