Table looking better for Matlock but boss still a frustrated figure

Matlock Town v Workington (red), Niall Mc Manus
Matlock Town v Workington (red), Niall Mc Manus

The league table looks a good deal better for Matlock Town now they have ended their seven match losing streak and benefitted from results elsewhere.

They were just two minutes away from halting their run of defeats on Saturday but play off chasing Workington netted a scruffy winner to deny Mark Hume’s men a deserved point.

Significantly though results involving nearly all of the other strugglers went their way and this continued into Monday when Hyde United, Stamford and Whitby Town were all beaten, and then Tuesday when Marine and Mickleover Sports drew 3-3.

Matlock’s 2-0 victory against bottom club Ramsbottom was the icing on the cake, and confirmed Rammie’s relegation.

Hume thought Matlock were unlucky not to gain a point against Workington but against Ramsbottom, the only thing he was pleased about was the victory.

“We deserved a draw against Workington for the way we battled and it was soul destroying when they got the winner which was a typical goal for us to concede lately. But I have to say that there’s only been the Workington game and the one at Blyth when we can say we’ve been unlucky in the losing run, in the rest of the games we’ve deserved nothing, there can be no excuses for the way we played in those other games.”

Goals in the ninth and 10th minutes from Niall McManus and Danny Holland accounted for Ramsbottom but Hume was a picture of frustration after the victory.

“I don’t think the win was as massive as some we got last year, it’s a shame we find ourselves in this position and after the great start the players found it hard and didn’t play well at all. Really it should have been five or six, chance after chance goes begging and we just can’t keep on missing these opportunities. Our decision making was poor and I just don’t know what the players were thinking of at times. The lads at the back probably had to defend a bit more than they should have done.”

Matlock a have some formidable opponents in leaders Blyth Spartans and high riding Stourbridge in their remaining two home matches while in their away fixture list there is a testing midweek visit to Workington on Tuesday 19th April.

But with Colwyn Bay almost certainly facing a second successive relegation, that leaves two more relegation slots.

The 17th placed Gladiators are nine points ahead of fourth bottom Stamford with two games in hand, 10 in front of third bottom Whitby Town, while Hyde United and Mickleover trail Town by seven and three points respectively.

A win at Sutton Coldfield Town on Saturday on the artifical surface could virtually confirm safety before Tuesday’s home clash with Stourbridge.

Hume said: “The lads are used to an artificial surface for they train on one, they’re a lot better than they used to be but I’m a traditionalist and believe we should all play on grass.

“But we have to get on with it and look to get a good result down there. Stourbridge are a really good side so we’ll have to be at our very best against them. We have a little bit of a cushion but I’m really disappointed where we are, even if we went on a crazy run of victories until the end of the season, I’d still feel the same for I feel we’ve under achieved. The one thing this run has done is show me what we really need to be competitive and we’re working hard towards that for next season.”