Victory at Hednesford Town last Saturday kept Matlock Town’s play off hopes alive but with results elsewhere both last weekend and on Tuesday night not favouring them, they know that in essence, nothing less than maximum points from their three remaining games will do if they are to remain in contention for promotion.

Even then, the Gladiators are relying on play off rivals dropping points and as joint boss Craig Hopkins admitted “even nine out of nine might not be enough.”

On Saturday, all of the contenders for that final play off slot won, bar Warrington Town who lost at home to Stafford Rangers.

Then in midweek, Workington crucially beat Buxton and even though they are in eighth, they are probably favourites as they have three of their remaining four matches at home to struggling sides. Grantham were winners at Coalville while a last gasp penalty was enough for Whitby to win at Mickleover.

“It’s important we do our part and make sure we win on Saturday to start with and see how the league table looks then for it can change with every game with it being so tight. You never know in this league, bottom can beat top, you’re not guaranteed the points.”

That point is emphasised when looking at Matlock’s first Easter opponents, Sutton Coldfield Town. Matlock travel to the artificial Coles Lane surface knowing that the Royals beat Spennymoor there last weekend and earlier in the campaign, Sutton recovered from a two goal deficit to beat newly crowned champions Blyth Spartans 3-2.

“Sutton are in brilliant form especially at home so it’ll be a difficult game on Saturday. But we must go there looking for the win and hopefully the break we’ve had this week will do us good. We had a nice training session on Tuesday, a good get together and afterwards the club treated us all to fish and chips which was spot on.”

Source: Matlock Town

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