23/24 Match Preview: Matlock Town

The Lions will be looking to shake off defeat to FC United of Manchester on Saturday with a midweek home clash against Matlock Town, writes Scott Kelly.

Match sponsored by: Blacks Solicitors

Tickets will be on sale on the night at the turnstiles with payment by cash or card.

It is cash payments only inside the ground for programmes and 50/50 cash draw tickets. Food and drink from The Lions’ Diner and clubhouse food servery can be paid for by cash or card and the clubhouse accepts and prefers payment by card.

Tickets are priced at £12 adults, £8 concessions/students/registered disabled, U18’s £5 and accompanied U11’s £1.

Previous Meetings

The Lions have a very good recent record against Matlock Town, winning the last three encounters. The sides last met on Valentine’s Day and Jameel Ible’s early goal gave the Lions a 1-0 success in Derbyshire. We did the double over them in 22/23, with a 2-1 success at Nethermoor Park in September 2022. We also won a Emirates FA Cup clash in 2020 before the season was curtailed due to the pandemic, but we hadn’t played them since 2010 up to that point.

The Lions’ Form Book

The Lions were unbeaten in eight until the blip at FC United of Manchester on Saturday, which ended in a 3-2 defeat courtesy of a very late penalty. This meant they failed to capitalise on many of their rivals not being in league action due to Isuzu FA Trophy commitments. On the bright side, we return to home comforts on Tuesday evening and we have scored four goals in our last two games at Nethermoor Park and have only lost twice in nine league games at home this season.

A Look At Matlock Town

A major boost for Guiseley is that top league marksman Jonathon Margetts is unavailable for this one, with the Gladiators’ forward picking up a hamstring injury after their defeat at Curzon Ashton in the FA Trophy on Saturday. Their manager Martin Carruthers confirmed post-match the former Wolves trainee is set to miss ‘the next few weeks of action’.

The Derbyshire outfit won at Bradford Park Avenue in their last league away game. They won 3-2 after being 2-0 down at half time. They seem to be in sporadic form of late though, with two wins and two defeats from their last four games, and they sit a point ahead of the Lions in the table in sixth place.

A Look At The Lions

Oldham Athletic loanees Kofi Moore and Jake Forshaw both came on for their debuts on Saturday, with both pushing for starts ahead of Matlock’s visit. Andy Welsh is likely to be without the services of Liam

Tongue after the midfielder suffered an injury in training during the week.

Welsh was boosted by Ollie Brown starting the trip to FC United of Manchester though after the defender hobbled off just 26 minutes into the win against Workington. Jameel Ible is likely to be back from international duty in time for this clash too.

Welsh will be without Brad Wade, who has joined Bradford (Park Avenue) on loan and Danny Devine who has left the club to join Gainsborough Trinity.

What Are They Saying?

Manager Andy Welsh bemoaned some refereeing decisions and felt they were partly to blame for Saturday’s defeat.

‘I find the penalty decision embarrassing. He’s given that when at the other end two minutes later we should be having one and he didn’t give it to us.

‘There was one incident on Prince Ekpolo. He has won the ball, a lads pulled him down and hes given a free kick to them. I think that actually led to their second goal’.

Welsh also had positive things to say about academy player Jack Mason who was on the bench on Saturday.

‘Jack has trained with us three times now. He trained again with us Thursday and again he did really well. He deserved an opportunity to step up

Tickets for the game with Matlock can only be purchased at the turnstiles on the night. Don’t forget to pick up a programme, find out what’s inside here.

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