Matlock Town manager Paul Phillips says he believes that clubs at their level have been ‘hung out to dry by the government, in terms of financial help’.

Like the rest of clubs below Step 2 of non-league, Matlock’s season has been on hold, with the possibility of a null and void outcome for a second successive season mentioned of late.

Commenting on support afforded to clubs at Northern Premier Division and similar levels since the pandemic began, Phillips told the club’s website:

“There’s no testing in Conference North. Everything should be the same, whether it’s the Premier League or Conference North; the virus doesn’t say it will not touch Conference North players.

“I think clubs at our level have been hung out to dry by the government, in terms of financial help. It’s been very difficult for a lot of clubs and we all know that a week’s wages at Premier League level would keep clubs in our league out of trouble.”

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