FEATURE: "It could be the start of something really good in Matlock"

Popular Matlock Town skipper Adam Yates has spoken to Derbyshire Media Company to discuss a number of Gladiators related issues.

Yates goes into detail about what training under a lockdown is like, his thoughts on the season that never was, the future of non-league football, the recent involvement of Robert Molloy and approaching the personal milestone of 500 games for the club he has supported all his life.

The defender was full of praise for the fundraising efforts to help Matlock Town: “It’s just been a great effort all round. It just shows how much non-league football means to people… I think if Matlock Town hadn’t have been able to raise the funds it would have been a travesty.

"But I don’t think that was ever in doubt because we’ve got great supporters at the club. They’re always willing to back the club one hundred per cent whether the results are coming in or not. The supporters are key for us this year. If crowds are having to be segregated or reduced somehow then I think it will have a big impact on the club.”

Matlock's captain also expressed his surprise at the recent news that a Hollywood based film producer was getting directly involved with the Gladiators.

“I’ve not really got my head around it myself yet! I’d love to meet the guy…get an understanding of what he wants to achieve and how he wants to do it.

"It’s really exciting for the club and we’ve just got to watch this space…it could be the start of something really good in Matlock.”

Yates was also asked what his favourite game has been out of the hundreds he has played for the Gladiators.

“The stand-out for me was when we beat Mansfield Town in the FA Trophy. That was special to be involved in and was a fantastic evening.”

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