The management message was clear, adapt to the conditions and play in the right areas. Gainsborough captain Robinson won the toss and selected to play with the wind at our backs. For the majority of the first half the young Trinity side dominated most of the play, with Louth only causing the odd threat on the counter attack. On 25 minutes after some nice play down the left a ball was clipped into the box where Robinson attempted to bring the ball down on his chest. The Louth Town centre half having differing ideas, resulting in coming straight through the back of the Gainsborough forward! To the surprise of the players, Gainsborough management and - if honest - the Louth management - the referee waved play on!
For the next five, ten minutes, Gainsborough let frustration come into their game, resulting in a couple of yellow cards shown. Furthermore compounded by the referee giving a yellow card against Gainsborough for a much softer issue, similar to the aforementioned Trinity penalty appeal. However, what was good to see was the senior players supporting the young lads through a frustrating patch. This led to Gainsborough taking the lead through a direct corner from Joe Edwards. Half time 1-0.
The half time dressing room was a little flat. Though saying that, it was actually good to see the lads knowing that whilst even though they were 1-0 up, the standard was not at the level they expected nor the management. A couple of words said... that’s obviously kept between the group. And one change at half time by the management seeing the experienced Wainwright coming on for Brown. The idea of being a bit more compact and physical where required, something that was missing during the first half at times, a plan was hatched.
The second half was much better with Trinity on the front foot putting continuous pressure on the home sides goal Possibly at times being a little shot-shy, the pace, quality and persistance eventually paid off as our second goal of the game came. Adam Wainwright was bright from a free kick, taking it quick for skipper Robinson to stroke home. This then allowed the young side to relax and start to play some good stuff in difficult conditions. Trinity wrapped up the game with young seventeen year old Hardy half volleying home from 18 yards.
As a whole the guys will agree, we were not at our best today, but the signs of a good team are grinding out results, which the players did. The management at full time did pinpoint a good defensive display with the back three of Pereira, Taylor and Weatherall having top games, soundly supported by the hard working wing backs of Petit and Edwards.
The young reserves side now sit played four, won 3 and drew one, with 8 for and 1 against. Not a bad start, but more importantly progression made week in week out. The Reserves now look forward to Brigg Town Reserves away on Tuesday 10th September, 19:45 kick off. Support the lads where you can, Up the Blues!