BURTON Albion secured a 2-1 win at Causeway Lane thanks to a brace from Marcus Harness.Former Burnley winger Lloyd Dyer lined up for Albion against Matlock, with Nigel Clough hoping to sign the player.
His pace caused the Gladiators problems early on as the Brewers attacked with promise.
On 10 mins Matty Palmer's sharp shot was parried by Barnes in the Matlock goal.
The Brewers took the lead after 15 mins with a stunning 20-yard strike from Harness.
Against the run of play, Matlock equalised with Marc Newsham capitalising on indecision from the Brewers, when Todd's cross wasn't dealt with by Luke Wakeman.
Phil Edwards took a shot from the corner of the Matlock box on 35 mins that flew over and a minute later Calum Butcher rattled the crossbar with a curling shot.
On 40 mins, Ben Fox burst through the heart of the Gladiators' defence but his shot under pressure went wide.
The half ended with Albion continuing to press and Edwards shooting high from another edge of the box opportunity.
Ben Fox had Albion's first real opportunity of the second half but his left-footed effort from the edge of the box sailed over.
it was Fox again coming close with a header on 55 mins as Albion looked to get back in front.
Two minutes later and Palmer's fine cross was headed firmly towards goal by Callum Reilly, only for Barnes to pull off a great save.
Then Harness was put through but he misjudged his attempt to lob the keeper.
Matlock hit back with a fiery shot from Travis that Wakeman tipped over on 61 mins.
On 67 mins, Green latched onto a pass from Naylor and ran clear into the Brewers box, but Wakeman saved well to deny Matlock.
Albion restored their lead on 79 mins when Harness netted his second, putting in the rebound after Barnes could only parry a shot from Reilly.
Three minutes later and another shot from Reilly thudded against the crossbar.
Full-time: Matlock 1, Brewers 2
Brewers: Wakeman, Edwards, Delaney, Naylor, Gatter, Fox, Palmer, Reilly, Dyer, Butcher, Harness
Subs: Dinanga (for Dyer 63), Sbarra (for Fox 76), Steele (for Butcher 70), Hallahan (for Palmer 87)
Matlock: Barnes, Yates, Todd, Marsden, Wiley, De Girolamo, King, Wilson, Newsham, Partridge, McManus
Subs: Green, Travis, Layton, Bartle, Pierrepoint