by Colin Ingley
Matlock’s brave attempt to reach the first handicap cup final at the Arc ended in bitter disappointment last Thursday after seeing an 18-goal start disintegrate into a 22-0 defeat on the night.
Southwell were ultimately good value for their win, but things looked like emerging so differently by the halfway mark, with Matlock playing tight and controlled polo and only trailing by six goals. But this was before going into a disastrous third quarter without permanently excluded star defender Richard Massey and conceding nine goals without reply.
The momentum and confidence stayed with Southwell in the final session and the permanent exclusion of Adam Ellis helped them to overtake the score comfortably in the end. The fantastic large travelling away support and the obvious immense disappointment to squad members showed there is a bright and passionate future ahead for the club.
“The reality is we lost to a very good side and this is the beginning for our new players. It is time to move on and change what we need to for success in the future,” commented Rich Massey afterwards. Coach Richard Sellors was too gutted to comment.
Last Sunday’s Hucknall “B” home fixture was the first step towards that new era with the squad’s more junior players selected in place of some of Thursday’s team. The 5-19 defeat was seen in terms of good experience and saw Joe Winterbottom’s debut after signing last week. This Monday’s away contest to Hucknall “A” will be very tough but will continue the process of players learning the game. Tickets in the main stand are still available.