Now, with seven games to play and twenty-one points up for grabs, Trinity are glad for the quick turn around following Saturday’s disappointment. Club Captain Andrew Wright explained, “With only 72 hours turnaround, we have no choice but to dust ourselves down. Put this game in the past and get straight back out there and make it right. This game becomes massive and everyone knows that. We weren’t at our best on Saturday, but we still created chances and did enough to at least get a point. But we regroup and go again. We have the spirit in the camp not to get too low – and so far this season we have responded well in the main, to difficult results. We strung six positive results together after our worst run of the season. And now we will all being doing everything in our power to string another set of results together, starting with Marine on Tuesday night.”
Neil Young’s side have been the best performing of the four promoted sides, so far this campaign, with 55 points from their 34 games – they are a place and two points behind Trinity and boasting a game in hand. Warrington Rylands, who we beat ten days ago (from Marine matchday) have been the second best of the promoted sides, with the final two sides, Belper Town and Liversedge fighting for survival at the foot of the table.
Gainsborough have had an indifferent return to games against the promoted sides. Doing the double over Rylands without conceding. Victory over Marine in the reverse fixture, thanks to a Curtis Durose double, is tempered with a four-point return from games against basement boys Belper – and Liversedge.
Despite a superior goal difference, victory over Marine certainly has to be the aim for Neal Bishop’s Blues – for our own promotion push first and foremost, as we look to get back into the play-off places. The missed opportunity at the weekend, with Radcliffe/ Warrington Town falling victim to the weather was a glorious one passed up.
Jack Dyche features on the cover of this week’s Matchday Programme, which includes details of how to obtain your tickets for our 150th Anniversary celebrations with Neil Warnock. There’s information about both the Speakers’ Night held at Scunthorpe Baths on Friday 2nd June & potentially the legendary manager’s last ever game in the dugout the following day, in what should be a fantastic family occasion. Paddy Kenny, the former Sheffield United and Queens Park Rangers’ goalkeeper is the first name confirmed for the game… so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for more reveals in the coming weeks!
There’s an up to date league table, to chart all possibilities, while Dale Storey remembers back to a meeting between the sides when Marcus Dewhurst played between the sticks for the Holy Blues. And Simon Russell was on the mark for Trinity. Following on with something of a goalkeeper theme, Walter Ronald Sewell features in Pip Anderson’s Gainsborough A-Z as he reviews the letter ‘S’. From Under the Bed, Steve Andrews discovers some corking programme covers from the weekend of the original fixture, so be sure to grab yourself a copy of the matchday programme, it’s a vital part of your matchday experience!
Also, please be advised that our programme for the game against Nantwich Town, will be available to purchase on Tuesday night. Due to circumstances beyond our & the printers control, the courier failed to deliver them in time for the fixture. These will be on sale at the turnstiles.
We welcome our Silver Match Sponsors to the Dave Longstaff Martin and Co Arena, in the form of Simon Casswell Farming. The Ollerton’s are the Ball Sponsor. Thank you to both groups for their continued support of the football club. We hope you enjoy your evening with us, and three important points on the board for the Holy Blues!
Elsewhere in the Pitching In Northern Premier League, there is a clash at the other end of the table as third bottom host second bottom in a mammoth relegation clash at Mount Pleasant. Both Marske and Liversedge have games in hand on Nantwich and Stalybridge Celtic immediately above them in the rankings, but the number of games both sides have to make up, could ultimately lead to their downfall.
Preview written by Rob Hughes (@AATM_Media)
Photos by Kate Simmonds (@klsmediauk)