The management of Hutchinson and Green’s message was quite simple, to continue where we left off at Brigg Town and play football from the back, having trust in one another, but more importantly, start games quicker and eradicate early mistakes! Wow, the message must of got across; 28 seconds in and a mistake by the Lincoln centre half allowed the onrushing Hollingsworth to slot home, 1-0. For the next 20 minute period Gainsborough got the ball down and played some fast position-based football, maybe at times, overplaying a little. Lincoln’s only threat was really when Gainsborough made the odd mistake in the passing game they were instructed to play. The threat from Lincoln generally came from the number 7, the very lively winger who has great potential and also their number 9, who had some tidy feet. 25 minutes in a set play from the left was superbly swung in from Williams for the towering Weatherall to head home into the top corner. Half time, 2-0.
The pleasing thing at half time for the management team of Green and Hutchinson, was that the players themselves knew they had not been at their best, and pretty much got the message across that it was just the final third decisions which where preventing them from the score line being much greater than 2-0.
Into the second half the pattern continued with the back 5 being solid and starting the attacks. The very influential Williams was the orchestrater in the middle of the park, soundly supported by Ward and Hardy. Further adding the options were both Petit and Chapman from the wings, who tirelessly worked all game, and lastly a very good number 9 performance by Hollingsworth.
From 55 minutes onwards the goals started to come, with Hollingsworth adding an impressive three in the second half to take his tally to 4 for the game. Gainsborough used all their subs and a credit to all, slotted in well in all positions, showing they all have the ability to fulfil the positions and create great competition for places.
The last message we would like to get across to Lincoln United, both players and management, who played the game from minute 1 to 90 - they never gave up and worked tirelessly for each other. All the players and management were a credit to the club and we wish them all the best in their development and all the success for the season ahead. It was a fantastic display from the young blues with every single body running themselves into the ground for the cause. Lastly, thanks to all the continued support - much appreciated. We hope you enjoyed an entertaining game and hope to see you all next week. Next Game, Challenge Cup, Gainsborough Trinity Reserves vs Lincoln Moorlands, Saturday 21st September, 14:30 kick off at the Northolme.