Matlock kept their promotion challenge firmly on course with a last-gasp 35-28 success over struggling Peterborough on Saturday.
It took a late try from Chris Young to seal the victory, but the results means Matlock remain among the top five clubs who are separated by just four points at the top of the table.
Peterborough started the strongest and took the lead through two successful penalties.
Matlock respond quickly through a penalty of their own and then added a try when Hooton skipped in from 30 yards although Young was wayward with the conversion.
Borough’s strong full-back then enforced himself on the game with a try through a powerful run which Matlock did not defend. The conversion was missed but the home side quickly added a penalty.
The game was end to end as neither team could string any phases together, but a kick through by Hooton just before half-time allowedPackard to follow through and score out wide to leave the score 16-14 in Matlock’s favour.
Matlock, now playing downhill, knew if they maintained good territory in the second period they could seal the win, but it was Peterborough who scored first as their full-back once again powering forward and then Powell conceding a penalty try with a high lunge at their winger.
A quick response followed as Young darted down the right and nudged a grubber through for Whittaker to scoop up and score. Young converted to make it 23-21 to Matlock.
The next score soon arrived courtesy of Packard who ghosted through the middle to give Matlock a nine-point lead.
But Peterborough fought back and good pressure resulted in a try with five minutes left, and suddenly Matlock were in danger of losing the game.
But this was soon put to bed as a strong run from Neville allowed quick hands to the old stalwart Chris Young to cruise into the corner in the last minute to seal the victory.
Matlock will most definitely need to up their game for the home clash with second-placed Ilkeston this weekend, kick-off 3pm.