PREVIEW: Matlock travel to Worksop in Integro League Cup clash

Updated: Feb 11, 2020

Matlock Town will be hoping to avoid a cup upset on Wednesday night as they face Worksop Town away from home in the Third Round of the Integro League Cup.

The Gladiators come into this match with some added confidence after finally securing a league win in their last game and will also have fresher legs than expected after their scheduled away league trip to Warrington Town last Sunday was postponed due to high winds.


The Opposition

Worksop Town play in the Northern Premier League South East Division which is the eighth tier of English football and one tier below Matlock Town’s level. Worksop are currently in 15th position in the league and got back to winning ways in their most recent game after beating Chasetown 3-1 at home in the league. This put an end to a run of three defeats in a row and four games without a win for the Nottinghamshire outfit.

Worksop Town are known as the Tigers and play their home games at the Windsor Food Service Stadium. The ground can hold up to 2,500 people and has a seated capacity of 200. Their most recent trophy victory came as recently as last season when the club won the Northern Counties East League Premier Division title. The Tigers have a player-manager in Kyle Jordan who at the age of only 31 must be one of the youngest managers currently working in English football.

It has been well documented recently that Worksop Town are having huge problems off the pitch and are in legitimate danger of ceasing to exist. The club made an official statement stating that the Tigers will need to have raised £30,000 by the end of this month in order to pay off outstanding debts. If this total is not met, Worksop Town (the world’s fourth oldest football club) are facing closure.


One to Watch

Steve McDonnell will be a key player to look out for in Wednesday night’s cup tie. McDonnell is a striker and has scored four goals in Worksop’s last six games including two goals in Worksop’s most recent match where they beat Chasetown in the league.

This is McDonnell’s third spell with the Tigers and was signed from Stocksbridge Park Steels in October last year for this latest spell with Worksop Town. McDonnell has also played for the likes of Maltby Main and Retford United.


Team News

Marcus Marshall is available for selection once again after serving his suspension for the red card he received during Matlock Town’s league defeat at Scarborough Athletic.

Luke Hinsley and Jack Rea are still ruled out with injuries. Ben Edgson, Nathan Whitehead and Craig King remain as long-term injury absentees.


Previous Meeting

We need to travel back just over six years ago for the last time these two sides clashed in a competitive fixture. Matlock Town hosted Worksop Town in the Northern Premier League on New Year’s Day and began 2014 with a 1-0 victory over the Tigers.

Cecil Nyoni got the only goal of the game in front of a crowd of 351 and put an end to a twelve match unbeaten league run from Worksop Town.

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