Matlock Town u19s 2
Matlock Town Under 19s went away to Worksop saw their patience rewarded last Thursday when they earned a 2-1 win at Worksop.
All members of the full squad, including injured Steven Mansell, managed to do their bit and pull off the victory, under the guidance of coaching staff Mick Bulheller, Andy Baker and Jon Anderson, with the Young Gladiators rising to a new challenge.
Left back Ben Goodwin and goalkeeper Billy Acres, had a baptism of fire.
This was their first game, and their first time with the team.
Keen to develop the whole squad, four other positions were filled by substitutes from the previous match.
Patience was rewarded when, after a goalless first half, the Young Gladiators were soon two goals up. Worksop richly deserved their goal.
However, Matlock had found their footing and controlled the rest of the game with some fine passing.
Goalscorers for Matlock were Matt Wilkinson and debutant Ben Goodwin, who appreciated the whole team’s efforts in developing the opportunities for you to score.
Regular first team players watched, like terriers on a leash, raring to go.
All players earn their places on merit, and work for each other.
Matlock Town Under 19s has a cohort of 16 and 17 year olds.
This is the making of a fine team.
Yet, it is the ethos of the team that all players go on to bigger and better clubs.
Yesterday (Wednesday), the team was due to make the 150-mile round trip to face Kidderminster Under 19s, a strong team, playing two divisions higher, with predominantly 18-year-olds.
Win or lose, Kidderminster will know they have been in a football match.
Whatever the score, Matlock Town believe they will return victorious.