Matlock Town manager Dave Frecklington is to leave the club.

Matlock Town FC

It comes in the aftermath of a 6-0 loss to local rivals Buxton, with Frecklington and chairman Tom Wright agreeing that a parting of ways was the best way forward. The former Gainsborough Trinity boss had taken over at Matlock in September, ultimately leading the club away from danger in the Evo-Stik Premier Division.

A run of just one defeat from the beginning of October to New Year’s Day was pivotal, though victories have been altogether more difficult to come by in 2019. Frecklington had the following to say to the club’s website:

“We fulfilled what was asked of us by keeping the football club in this division but 2019 has been difficult with the injury list, our lack of form and the matter of the three hours round trip from Lincoln three times a week. I had a chat with the chairman and we both agreed that it’s in the interests of all parties if we go our separate ways.

“Matlock Town’s a great football club and we leave on amicable terms with no animosity whatsoever. The job involves a lot of hard work and people don’t see and appreciate what goes on behind the scenes.

“We achieved safety with four games left to play and also having to lose six points (by virtue of the North Ferriby results being wiped) and a plus four goal difference to boot, giving teams around us an advantage, but a magnificent 3-1 away win at Marine achieved safety.”

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