Worksop Town 0 Gainsborough Trinity 0

Worksop Town 0 Gainsborough Trinity 0

A goal-less draw for Trinity away at Worksop Town doesn’t paint the best of pictures for Trinity fans, but those that made the short trip from Gainsborough couldn’t help but come away feeling impressed with the way Dominic Roma’s side approached the game. Never really looking troubled at the back, Roma’s new look side looked a constant threat going forwards, with neat link up and clever interchanges some of the Blues’ interplay in the final third was a joy to behold – and with fitness continuing to improve as the team get minutes into their legs – the goals will surely follow.

Reece Hands, the former Blackburn Rovers’ youngster was handed a start in the middle of the park and was heavily involved in the first chance of the game that fell kindly for James Reid. The ex Forest man dragging his shot wide of the upright. A well flighted free kick from out on the left was well attacked, but two Trinity bodies got in each others way – and the visitors failed to make Worksop pay. A frustration that would continue throughout.

Worksop Town 0 Gainsborough Trinity 0

On a couple of occasions, Worksop threatened down their right hand side, but final ball was just lacking as chances to cross were wasted. Making his first appearance since signing on a two month loan deal – Jake Eastwood had a quiet evening, but when he was called upon handled comfortably. One excellent take to relieve the pressure on the Trinity backline instantly set The Blues on the front foot, but Ashley Worsfold couldn’t quite break free and hit Worksop on the counter.

Muted appeals for a penalty followed shortly after when Worsfold looked to profit from some lax defending by the strong Worksop Town defender, who under little pressure presented Worsfold with a gift, a quick recovery saw the defender across to block the chance out, tangling with the former Harrogate man, leaving him on the ground. Reid, Thornhill and Hands continued to dominate the midfield. Picking up the second ball and looking to get the visitors on the front foot. Reid again finding himself in a good position, but failing to make a good connection when well placed.

A surging run from full back, by the young trialist full back, saw him get in behind the Worksop defence, his clever cut back taking Hands by surprise as he failed to connect properly. Shortly before the break, Worksop had their best attempt on goal, but a combination of Eastwood and Matt Thornhill did enough to block the orange eights’ effort after he had gotten free at the back post.

Worsfold was next to find himself in a good position, but blazed over, after more good interplay by Hands and Thornhill, from inside the penalty area. A surging run through the middle of the park saw a Worksop man take aim from 25 yards, but his effort despite seeing Eastwood flying across his goal, was wide of the target – to the relief of the Sheffield United loan man.

Thornhill was next to try his luck and it was his self-fashioned effort that properly extended the home goalkeeper. Winning the ball and driving forwards it was the man with Scottish Premier League experience who forced Graves into an acrobatic stop to keep the scores level. Trinity went close a couple more times as half time approached, but didn’t work the ‘keeper. Half time, Worksop Town 0, Gainsborough Trinity 0.

Trinity made a couple of changes at the break and started out on the front foot again. Substitute Jacob Hazel firing in early efforts on goal. Hazel’s second effort stinging the hands of Graves and looping just over the bar, before striking narrowly over from a free kick just to the left of goal. Liam Davis then got an effort away after clever feet by Thornhill out wide released the Trinity forward. His effort off target after doing well to get the ball out of his feet.

Alex Wiles and Jake Picton linked up well down the right, Picton picking out Worsfold with an early cross into the box, but the ball was fractionally too high with the ex Harrogate hotshot unable to direct his header on target. Good industry again down the right saw the former Rotherham man find Hazel, having fashioned room, he got a strike away that Graves did well to hold onto low down.

And Trinity had to be content with a draw, though the signs in the build up certainly gave cause for optimism. Full Time, Worksop Town 0, Gainsborough Trinity 0.

Worksop Town
Graves, Loftus, Waddle, Trialist, Henshaw, Adams, Parkin, Pugh, Somes, Scott and Wooley. Subs: Booth, Jordan, Trialist, Trialist and Fereday.

Gainsborough Trinity
Eastwood, Picton, Beatson, Thornhill, Wilson, Evans, Hands, Reid, Worsfold, Parkin and Petit. Subs: Davis, Lacey, Douglas, Scott and Hazel

Attendance: 215

Photos by John Rudkin (johnrudkin999) - Gainsborough Trinity Official Photographer

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