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Matlock Town vs Northwich Victoria – Match Preview
Written by Ben Butler
Vics travel to Derbyshire in an Evo-Stik Northern Premier League clash against Matlock
Town on Saturday October 15th, kick off 3pm in the first of two encounters in the space of a
fortnight between the sides.
They go into the visit to Causeway lane top of the league standings with 35 points from 14
games and just one defeat all season.
Matlock lie in 8th position with 23 points from 14 games, and sit only two points off the play-
Vics boss Andy Preece has an injury concern over full back Cliff Moyo – joining for a
second one month loan stint and featuring in the win against Burscough last night, picking up
a hamstring injury in the first half.
Tony Evans will be out as he awaits an operation on his hernia, Paul Ennis will continue sit
out a three match suspension after his red card against Stafford Rangers.
Tom Smyth also joins for a second spell to shore up Vics defence after he played three games at the
end of our last Blue Square Bet North campaign, the central defender has already spent a one
month spell on loan at Workington this season.
This could mean Tom Smyth could be played at full back or John Disney after the former
Stockport youngster has recovered from an injury and won a fitness battle.
Graeme Law is unlikely to be named in the squad after he was transfer listed and Raphale
Evans has also left for Salford.
Northwich (from) Hinchliffe (GK), Disney, Kearney, Short, Sumner, Collins, Smyth, Moyo, Armstrong, Riley, Fitzpatrick, Field, Abbot, Roddy, Woolfe, Johnson, Clarke, Wade, Budrys
Top scorer: Clarke (7)
Clean sheets: Hinchliffe (6)
Matlock (from) Kennedy, Lukic (C), Featherstone, Yates, Harcourt, Kendall, Sturdy, Warne, King, Bowler, Witcombe, Bettney, Knowles, Algar, Davies, Hunter, Cropper, Joynes, Whittington, TJ Nightingale, Holmes
Top scorer: Holmes (9)
Clean sheets: Kennedy (4)
Form and Statistics
Northwich Victoria have won five of their previous six games.
They have also only failed to win once away from home in seven matches, drawing 0-0 with
Chorley and winning the other six in a record that is the league’s best to date.
Matlock come into this game with two wins and as many draws and defeats from their last six
However, The Gladiators come into this game on the back of a fine 4-0 win against high
flyers Chorley and have been good at home all season – losing just once to Bradford Park
Avenue in collecting 14 points from 7 games.
Vics failed to beat Matlock in the two meetings between the sides last season, going down to
a Nathan Joynes strike in stoppage time at the Victoria Stadium 3-2 and drawing 1-1 at
Away travel details
Distance... 49.6 miles (from Victoria Stadium)
Duration... (about one hours and 30 minutes)
1. Head North on Wincham Avenue toward Wincham Lane (0.2 miles)
2. Turn right onto Wincham Lane (0.3miles)
3. Turn right onto Hall Lane (A559) (0.8miles)
4. Turn left onto Manchester Road (0.8miles)
5. Continue onto Chester Road (A556) (2.2miles)
6. Turn right onto Northwich Road (A5033) (1.8miles)
7. At the Roundabout take the third exit onto King Edward Road (A50) (0.3miles)
Continued to follow A50
8. Turn left onto Adams Hill (A537) (10.9miles)
Continued to follow A537
Go through five roundabouts
9. At the roundabout take the second exit onto Cumberland Street (A537) (0.6miles)
Continue to follow A537
Go through two roundabouts
10. At the Roundabout take the third Exit onto Silk Road (A523) (8.5miles)
Continue to follow A523
11. Continue onto A54 (1.7miles)
12. Slight Left onto Leek Road (A53) (0.5miles) Continue to follow A53
13. Take the third right onto Macclesfield Road (B5O59) (1.4miles) – Continue to follow
14. At roundabout take third exit onto Bakewell Road (A6) (11.2miles) – Continue to follow A6
15. Turn left onto N Church Street (A6) (8.1miles) – Continue on A6 – Go through two roundabouts
16. At Crown Square, take second exit onto Causeway Lane (A615) (433feet)
17. Turn left onto First Parade (85 feet)
Destination on the left
Admission to the ground is £9 for adults, £5.50 for concessions and juniors, whilst under 15s
with a paying adult get in for just £2.