Updated on Sunday 4th November 2016 at 16:30.
Gainsborough Trinity continued their encouraging pre-season campaign with a hardworking victory over League Two side, Grimsby Town. Despite falling behind to a superb curling strike from the right hand angle of the penalty area, by Omar Bogle, Trinity dug in and levelled through Jacob Hazel from the penalty spot after Matt Thornhill had been chopped down as he surged into the box.
The hottest day of the year was the setting for Gainsborough Trinity’s first home pre-season friendly of the 2016/17 campaign, the first game on the newly laid pitch at the Martin & Co, and what an evenings’ entertainment was in store for those in attendance. Visitors Lincoln City were quicker out of the blocks, racing into an early two goal lead, courtesy of a double from former Trinity loan man, Johnny Margetts, who first struck a right footed volley beyond Jonathan Hedge.
Gainsborough Trinity conceded four goals away from home for the second time in four days as Gloucester City made Trinity pay for sloppy defending and a failure to take the chances they were presented with. Inside eight minutes, Trinity had the chance to settle any nerves left over from the Alfreton defeat on Tuesday. Nathan Jarman blazing his spot kick over the bar after Gavin Rothery had picked out the run of Ashley Worsfold, who turned the full back inside out before winning the penalty.
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.
Gainsborough Trinity fell at the first hurdle when it came to defending their Bluefin Lincolnshire Senior Cup title, losing a keenly fought tie away at Lincoln United’s Sun Hat Villas Stadium. Watched by 156, Trinity had much of the running in the first half, but failed to capitalise on the bulk of the possession, with only Ashley Worsfold’s 43rd minute strike to show for a dominant first half display of attacking football.
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