Holland reflects after netting century of goals

Matlock defender Muhammed Sabo (left) gets to grips with an opponent during the win over King's Lynn on Tuesday night. Photo by Tim Smith
Matlock defender Muhammed Sabo (left) gets to grips with an opponent during the win over King's Lynn on Tuesday night. Photo by Tim Smith

Danny Holland reflected modestly on reaching 100 goals for Matlock Town this week as the Gladiators made it seven league wins out of nine at King’s Lynn Town on Tuesday.

Skipper Holland, 30, actually made it 101 with an 83rd minute penalty after his first goal four minutes earlier had put Matlock in front at The Walks.

Asked how he felt he replied ‘tired and old’ but the reassurance came as he added: “I’m still enjoying it. But really reaching the 100 goals mark does not matter as much as the team winning games.

“It’s a good achievement to say how many seasons I’ve been here and it’s always nice to score.”

Holland came back for a second spell when Mark Atkins signed him from Bradford Park Avenue in the summer of 2013, his first spell lasting three seasons before leaving when Ernie Moss quit Matlock to manage Hucknall Town in the summer of 2004.

Holland has now made 181 appearances for the Gladiators and struggled to recall a favourite goal.

“To be honest I can’t remember all the goals I’ve scored but it is nice to score 100 for a club. I thought I’d do it for Harrogate Town but they sold me when I was on 99 and I didn’t want to have 99 goals for two clubs!”

Holland appears to have a new lease of life under new manager Mark Hume who has masterminded a Matlock recovery.

“I’ve known the gaffer for quite a while, I’d played with him at both Harrogate and Eastwood Town and his philosophy fits the same picture as mine,” Holland continued.

“He’s done very well here and he along with Scott Maxfield and Grant Black have the same mindset.

“The players are all positive and feel they won’t lose and that comes from the top.

“He’ll tell you when you’ve done something well but also he’s not afraid to give someone a telling off, the lads respect that.

“He knows what it takes to win games, and that means getting the basics right, so decision making’s easier and that we play our football in the right areas.

“Sometimes you have to play an ugly game to win, but also we have the lads here who can play a more expansive game.”

The respect between captain and manager is mutual.

Hume said: “It’s a big bonus for me having Danny at the club for he’s a tremendous influence on the younger players. As long as I’m here at Matlock, there’ll always be some role for him.”

Hume was pleased with the 3-1 victory in Norfolk after Rushall halted Matlock’s winning sequence beating the Gladiators 1-0 in the West Midlands last weekend.

He said: “It was a good response at King’s Lynn. We were disappointed to go 1-0 down as although they went down to ten men we’d still been causing them problems before then.

“We played really well against the ten men when sometimes teams with the extra man can struggle. We made the extra man count.”

Promotion chasing Workington visit the Autoworld Arena on Saturday and will present a tough test of Matlock’s improved form.

Hume said: “It’ll be tough but King’s Lynn, with the awkward journey on a Tuesday night, was also tough.

“But we’ll aim to continue doing the right things and I think the fans appreciate what we’re trying to do.

“That was evident on Tuesday from those that went to King’s Lynn and cheered the lads on, we all very much appreciate their support.”

The Gladiators then have another six-pointer on Wednesday against Whitby Town at the Turnbull Ground.