A potentially idle and frustrating Easter turned into a happy one for Matlock Town when their Evo-Stik Premier Division status was finally confirmed on Easter Monday.

They celebrated with a dramatic 3-2 derby victory against old rivals Buxton at the Silverlands 24 hour later. More monsoon type weather saw their home clash with Stalybridge Celtic washed out last Saturday and then heavy overnight snow meant that the Easter Monday visit to Buxton was also put off.

But with a fixture pile up looking to be exacerbated, particularly for the Bucks, hasty arrangements were made to stage the fixture on Tuesday night with greatly improved weather forecast. And Nantwich Town’s 3-1 win at Sutton Coldfield meant that the Birmingham side could not overhaul Matlock and it is now a straight scrap between the Royals and Halesowen Town to see who finishes bottom in the sole relegation spot this term.

The Buxton win was Matlock’s best performance of the season and caretaker boss David Hoole was understandably beaming with pride afterwards.

“I’m really really pleased, the lads showed everything they needed to be top class footballers,” he said. “There was passion, creativity, heart, grit, desire right from the first minute.”

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