Matlock’s players accepted manager Dave Frecklington’s challenge set at the start of October of going unbeaten in the league and they ended their October domestic programme in style on Tuesday night, with the 7-0 hammering of Grantham Town.

The Gladiators were in bottom spot as September closed but are now in a more healthy looking 13th, that unbeaten sequence standing at seven games which have yielded 15 points. Matlock fully deserved the margin of victory against the Gingerbreads who suffered a sixth straight defeat at the Proctor Cars Stadium.

They could easily have tallied double figures with several near misses and a missed penalty but hat-tricks for both Craig Westcarr and debutant Luke Hinsley plus a maiden first team goal for the up and coming Billy Whitehead made it a night to remember. The only blot on the night was more injuries with both skipper Adam Yates and Dwayne Wiley having hamstring niggles.

Freckington said: “We were superb although I wasn’t very happy with the first twenty minutes or so when we had no tempo to our play, we were too loose in possession and playing too many straight balls. With Grantham playing a high line we were playing straight into their hands but after a well worked first goal and then a second soon afterwards, both worked out on the training ground, we were very comfortable.”

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