Mark Hume may be able to include three more players in his squad as Matlock Town hope they can play their first game of 2016 at home to Hyde United on Saturday.

The Gladiators chief has already brought in 24 years old goalscoring midfielder Andy Gascoigne on a month’s loan from Harrogate Town and would probably have included him in the scheduled home meeting with Ramsbottom United last weekend which was called off on Saturday morning with the Autoworld Arena surface frozen.

But Hume wants Matlock to have a strong end to the campaign and to that end he hopes to have a central defender and striker signed up to increase competition for places.

There will be one departure though with tall forward Dan Cockerline having been recalled by Sheffield United.

Gascoigne has youth experience at Sheffield Wednesday, Barnsley and Mansfield Town before joining Sheffield FC where he netted 22 goals during 2013/14.

After a summer trial with Northampton Town he moved to Goole at the start of the following campaign before joining Harrogate where his career was temporarily suspended by a broken leg.

“Andy can play down the middle or off a striker so him coming to us is especially good with Ted Cribley banned for three games” Hume explained.

“We’re hoping he can get some good game time with us for he’s not been able to force his way in at Harrogate, if he can do well for us we’ll have to see what happens next.

He gives us options and there’ll be even more options once Ted comes back and to have selection problems is a nice position to be in. I’m hoping also to have a striker and a centre half with us this week.”

Source: Matlock Town FC

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