The Non-League Football Paper - - EVO-STIK NPL PREMIER - By Phil Matthews

ANY GAME be­tween Mick­leover Sports and lo­cal ri­vals Mat­lock Town is guar­an­teed to be feisty and this was no dif­fer­ent.

Mat­lock have yet to win a game at the Don Amott Arena and they must have feared the worst from the mo­ment that Eban Gar­nett gave the hosts a 14th-minute lead as he latched onto a loose ball af­ter an Andy Dale shot was only par­ried and not held.

Dale and Gar­nett proved a dan­ger­ous com­bi­na­tion, es­pe­cially dur­ing the first half when they threat­ened to run ram­pant.

Philip Barnes in the Mat­lock goal how­ever was up to any­thing that was thrown at him and en­sured his team stayed in the con­test.

An Ol­lie Mul­ders free-kick beat every­body but hit the post and bounced away, mean­ing that the first half fin­ished with just the one-goal ad­van­tage to the hoses. But Sports did dou­ble their lead on 65 min­utes when Mul­ders’ corner was headed home by Pablo Mills.

Mat­lock had op­por­tu­ni­ties of their own but most of their ef­forts were gath­ered rel­a­tively eas­ily by home goal­keeper Lewis King.

Mick­leover worked hard all over the pitch to keep a clean sheet and de­served their vic­tory. STAR MAN: Ol­lie Mul­ders (M’over) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

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