The manager, donning a lucky Peaky Blinders hat that could yet find itself residing in the Gainsborough Heritage centre, has reasoned a tall target of 15 wins (14 after this one with 17 to play) would see the play-off train tickets booked. Half time, Gainsborough Trinity 0 Basford United 0. It was seventh heaven on seventy-seven as Wiles started and finished a slick trademark four-man counter, cracking a fierce rising drive that gave the keeper no chance. It was no more than the resolute Blues deserved, always looking to attack, despite a gale force wind, with strong and stable Smith freeing Bacon and Walker ever willing and able. Both had drives saved and were denied time and again by a United defence that could contain a box of frogs.

Again, the back four stood strong with former Blues’ hit man Worsfold given just one opportunity which Willis saved superbly. Stainfield was his normal, ever reliable self, but, the same can be said of Williamson and Thornton ever increasing threats in either box. Green deserved the man of the match for keeping Richards quieter than the Parish church mouse. The midfield matadors James, Williams and Wiles all battled well as a trio against the big spending visitor’s midfield quintet. Full time, Gainsborough Trinity 1 Basford United 0.

Onwards and as usual on the road to Stalybridge on Tuesday and Buxton on Saturday then.

The Teams

Gainsborough Trinity: George Willis, James Williamson, Jamie Green, Kingsley James, Will Thornton, Nathan Stainfield, Declan Bacon (Shane Clarke 79), Michael Williams, (Jordan Adebayo-Smith 63), Gregg Smith, Alex Wiles, Nicky Walker. Subs not used: Nuno Pereria, Leon Howarth and Ross Hannah.

Basford United: Kieran Preston, Dom Roma, Ryan Wilson, Matt Thornhill, Lewis Carr (Liam Bateman 60), Stef Galinski, Kane Richards, Callum Chettle, Ash Worsfold, Tyrece Sinclair (Jack Thomas 22, Nat Watson), James Reid. Subs not used: Cieran Keane and Revarnelle James.