Matlock Town manager Paul Phillips has praised the character of his squad this season, despite this week’s FA Trophy exit.

The Northern Premier Division side went out to Coleshill Town, losing 5-2 on Tuesday night.

Phillips didn’t hide his disappointment, but he also made a point of highlighting a change for the better in the Gladiators ranks in 2020/21.

He told the club website: “You only had to look at their faces in the dressing room afterwards to see they’re hurting, they know they’ve let the fans down, the club down and also themselves down. They’re a different group to what we had here last year.

“We win as a group, we lose as a group, we’ll be in for training on Thursday and working hard on all the things we’ve not done well. There’s only Ross Hannah that’s put in anything like a performance; I feel sorry for him.”

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