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Three More Signings For Matlock

Three summer acquisitions quickly turned into six as a trio of midfielders signed on the dotted line after Evo-Stik League Premier Division club Matlock Town's 2-1 win at Teversal in their opening pre-season friendly on Saturday.

Anton Foster (pictured), Corey Gregory and Liam Gaughan all featured at Caernarvon Street as did earlier close season signings David Haggerty, Danny Holland and Darryl Thomas, with former Ilkeston and Belper striker Thomas netting the equaliser before youngster Matty Wilkinson hit the decider.

Matlock boss Mark Atkins is delighted with his latest captures as the pre-season campaign gathers pace with a visit from Alfreton Town on Friday night and a trip to Hednesford Town on Tuesday.

Foster, 31, is hugely experienced at Evo-Stik League level, being part of the Eastwood Town side who won the NPL title in 2008/09. He joins Matlock from Boston United, and has also had spells at FC Halifax Town, Buxton, Belper Town and Sheffield FC.

Gregory, meanwhile, is just 20 years old and began his career at Sheffield United before being loaned out to Leicester City, Hucknall Town and Belper Town. Last season he was at Stalybridge Celtic and scored the Conference North club's goal in their 2-1 FA Trophy defeat at the Reynolds Stadium last November.

Gaughan, 18, has made the step up from Northern Counties East League side Armthorpe Welfare and is seen as one for the future.

"I'm really pleased to get these three lads signed on," said manager Mark Atkins. "Anton got in touch with us to see if we were interested in him, he's trained really well and I've always been impressed with him at whichever club he's been with. He's energetic and always on the front foot and the kind of player we've lacked since Liam King left.

"Corey's an attacking midfielder or forward and I saw him three times for Stalybridge last season and he was outstanding each time. When I heard he was available I got in touch and he's delighted to be with us. His first touch is excellent and he shows great awareness to unlock defences in that final third. Liam's just a young lad but is tenacious and can see a pass, he did very well last weekend."

Six new players may yet become more according to Atkins: "We're still talking to one or two lads who would strengthen the squad, all we can say at present is that things are ongoing."

Matlock had eight potential first team players unavailable at Teversal.

Atkins added: "All will be pushing to play in the first game of the season so that, combined with the intense heat, played its part. We would have ideally liked everyone to have had 45 minutes but some had to do a lot more which can be dangerous injury wise but luckily we came out unscathed.

"Alfreton and Hednesford will obviously be more difficult but they should be good games. It's pleasing that Hednesford came to us asking for the game, we've done well against them in the last couple of years so it'll be interesting to see how we do both on Friday and at Hednesford."

> Ian Richardson


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