Encouraging signs in loss

An understrength and inexperienced Matlock team showed real improvement last Sunday in scoring ten goals and giving a Bingham side a fright before succumbing essentially to one player for the opposition.

Lee Copley, an outstanding player at this level, scored 14 goals and made four others in his side’s eventual 20-10 victory in front of a near capacity Arc crowd with large away support.

Andy Massey, a developing pit player and man of the match for the home side, had his best game yet in the position by converting five and creating enough chances to have doubled this return.

Coach Richard Sellors, playing due to the depleted numbers in his squad, was pleased afterwards when interviewed in a popular local nightspot in the early hours.

“It is the first time we have scored ten goals in a long while and that is really exciting. Many of the younger players got water time and strengthened their arguments for a regular place. We still need a win though and hopefully the Leicester home game next Sunday will provide that.”

No tickets were available for this fixture at the time of going to press.

Last Tuesday’s open water training session at the New Bath Hotel was a cold affair, barely six hours before the snow fell.

Paul Newcomb, a maths teacher by profession, refused a wet suit despite the forecast. “For me, it doesn’t add up,” commented Paul afterwards. “To wear a suit when still only wearing a jumper on dry land is soft in my opinion. It is like treating elementary algebra like the abstract level without needing to.”

Paul was last believed to be doing well in Chesterfield Hospital’s Hypothermia Assessment Unit at the time of writing.