Matlock look ahead to next season

Matlock Town boss Paul Phillips says he’s invited around 80% of his squad back for pre-season training.

The Gladiators were in the title race for the majority of the season, eventually finishing 4th in the NPL Premier Division and losing to eventual winners Scarborough Athletic in the play-offs.

Phillips said: “I’ve invited around eighty per cent of them back for pre-season. As I’ve said previously, we don’t need to make wholesale changes for we’re not a million miles away.

“We know the areas we need to improve on and we’re working hard to bring the right players in.”

Matlock held their annual awards night last Friday, with centre-back Ryan Qualter scooping the fans’ Player of the Year award.

Reece Kendall was named young player of the year, with eight goals from left wing-back, and Phillips’ player of the year award went to midfielder Mark Lees.

Alex Byrne scooped the Steven Greenhough Top Goalscorer award with 13 goals.

Tributes were paid also to outgoing club chairman Bryn Apperley.

Meanwhile, a new drain has been laid at the Proctors Cars Stadium to improve the playing surface.

The club is also looking for a new physio following the departure of Sarah Roberts.

Where next?

Club allocations for 2022/23 The make-up of the Northern Premier League divisions in 2022/23 has been confirmed.
Gainsborough confirm manager departure Gainsborough Trinity have parted company with manager Tom Shaw.

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