Cunningham, the former Buxton, Curzon Ashton and Colne boss, has been at the helm since January 4th. In the period since his appointment, the experienced coach has seen his side win two, draw two and lose three, prior to Saturday’s clash with the Holy Blues. Curtis Durose and Liam Waldock were on the mark for Trinity back in November. The Holy Blues scoring twice inside the opening quarter of an hour, before going on to shut out the then visitors. Bishop will be hopeful of a return to the match day squad of talismanic midfielder Waldock, who was a rare absentee for last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Belper.
The Pitching In Northern Premier League’s second top scorer, behind Clayton Donaldson, has chipped in with seventeen goals in all competitions for the Holy Blues, and Trinity will be needing the attacking midfielders instincts as we look to bring home maximum points from our trip to Tameside. Donaldson himself was back on the scoresheet last weekend, netting a glorious brace. Having the experienced front man back firing in front of goal will be crucial to the side, with eleven cup finals to go.
Having seen results go against us in recent weeks, the Blues have slipped to eighth in the table, but still only four points off third spot. Thirty-three points remain up for grabs in the league, with games still to come against Radcliffe, Warrington Town and Marine still to come, the play-offs still remain a realistic target.
Tightening up again at the back, and being hard to beat needs to be the focus in the coming weeks. Believe it or not, Neal Bishop’s side are yet to record a 1-0 win, either home or away this season. Three occasions immediately spring to mind where Trinity have led by a single goal up to stoppage time, only to concede late, six points that would make a massive difference to the top end of the table!
Our Back the Blues, February prize draw is due to made next Saturday, with three brilliant prizes up for grabs. There are three chances to win for our entrants, with the first prize of £250, a runner up prize of £100 and third prize of £50. At just £10 a month (the equivalent of less than £2.50 a week) you're in with a great chance of winning some reddies back, whilst also raising funds for the club, in turn helping to support club finances. You can buy tickets for our latest draw here.
Tickets for our Neil Warnock evening and fundraising match are also selling fast, so please secure yours quick to avoid disappointment. Hundreds of tickets have already sold and entry will be limited at both events. You can find our more about these events, Warnock wooing the Trinity faithful twice more over on our press release, with tickets available for the evening here, and the fundraising match here.
Once again, lots of the sides around the top half of the table face off against each other, making it another interesting afternoon of Pitching In Northern Premier League football. After an action packed ninety minutes of non-league football at its finest, where will the Holy Blues find themselves come 5pm? Your guess, is as good as mine!
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Belper Town vs South Shields
Guiseley vs Radcliffe
Lancaster City vs Whitby Town
Liversedge vs Marine
Marske United vs Warrington Town
Matlock Town vs Hyde United
Morpeth Town vs Nantwich Town
Stalybridge Celtic vs Stafford Rangers
Warrington Rylands vs FC United of Manchester
Preview written by Rob Hughes (@AATM_Media)