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Stalemate At Matlock – Grove End Winless Run

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There were games in the Evo-Stik League Premier and Evo-Stik League South on Wednesday night.

In the Premier, Matlock Town, with David Hoole in caretaker charge following the departure of joint bosses Craig Hopkins and Glenn Kirkwood, shared a 0-0 draw at the DCJ Group Arena against a Stourbridge side for whom this was a third game in five days.

A fairly uneventful first half was followed by a much more lively second in which either side could have taken all three points.

And midway through the half, the 242 crowd witnessed arguably the best save seen in the stadium this season when the Glassboys` Matt Gould made a fantastic tip-over to prevent Michael Williams` header from breaking the deadlock.

In the South, Stocksbridge Park Steels` outside play-off hopes took another blow when they suffered a second successive defeat, this time 2-1 at lowly Kidsgrove Athletic, who needed the points at the other end of the table and bring an end to a nine-game winless run.

The opening goal came in the 32nd minute for the visitors when Brodie Litchfield received the ball on the edge of the box, cut in and curled the ball in to the corner of the net.

Grove managed to equalise in the 71st minute when recent signing Eric Graves was brought down in the box and the referee awarded a penalty which Kyle Diskin duly converted.

Kidsgrove`s winning goal came in the 86th minute when Diskin’s corner was cleared to the edge of the box and the ball fell to defender Leon Ashman, who blasted the ball home.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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