Trinity, with victory on Bank Holiday Monday, can take great strides towards securing our play-off spot, but this will only be confirmed if Hyde, Marine & Matlock all lose their games, in truth an unlikely probability, but nonetheless a permutation to be aware of, when casting an eye over proceedings come three o'clock.
Once again, Hyde look to try and take advantage of an earlier start. Kicking off at 1pm in their Tameside Derby against Stalybridge Celtic. Moved to the earlier kick off time, on police advice, there is certainly plenty to play for with both sides involved in scraps at opposite ends of the table. One defeat in seven at home have seen Neal Bishop's Gainsborough Trinity improve of late on home turf, and will have something of a point to prove after the disappointing defeat at Liversedge’s Clayborne Ground back in February.
That, coupled with what will hopefully be a bumper Bank Holiday crowd at the Dave Longstaff Martin and Co Arena, the stage is set for some fireworks! Determined to put on a show, with two of the three remaining games at Northolme, Gainsborough Trinity's season is nearing an exciting climax. Standing in the way of a Holy Blues victory is Liversedge. One of the promoted sides from last season, Sedge sit 21st out 22 in the Pitching In Northern Premier League table, six points away from safety (with an additional game still to squeeze in). The visitors have become harder to beat in recent weeks, picking up wins against FC United of Manchester, Morpeth and Marine – not to mention - a 4-0 hammering of Atherton at the Skuna - and a number of draws, including Easter Saturday's draw with Radcliffe, the size of Trinity's task shouldn't be underestimated.
Harry Lewis is the face of the penultimate home programme of the season, with Fraser Preston providing his personal insight into the first and lasts of his career, in our popular season long feature. The programme also boasts the usual articles from BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s Dale Storey, Steve Andrews provides his offering from Under the Bed, and Pip Anderson continues his Trinity A-Z, looking back through the archives!
Photographers, Darren Murphy and Kate Simmonds provide some super photos, looking back at the Nantwich and Warrington Town games – and there are lots of facts and figures. Plus Club Captain Andrew Wright brings you a few messages from the team, who thank you for your tremendous support, home and away so far this season. The boys are determined to make this a season to remember for the Trinity faithful.
Although due to Easter print deadlines, we went to press before the victory over Lancaster City, there’s still plenty of great reading. So grab your copy of the Holy Blues Matchday Programme on the turnstiles. Priced at £2.50, produced in association with our friends at Matchday Creative – you won’t be disappointed!
For the Liversedge game, we are delighted to welcome wonderful sponsors. The Gold Match Sponsors are Horsleys of Gainsborough, who need little introduction, and a group of supporters – In Memory of Grahame Stockdale – keep their friend’s memory alive by sponsoring the Bronze Match Sponsorship. Thank you to both sets of sponsors, we hope you enjoy your afternoon with us, at the Dave Longstaff Martin and Co Arena – here’s hoping the Holy Blues can land the all important three points to continue our ascent of the table, victory could see us rise to as high as third in the table… exciting times indeed!
Bank Holiday Monday Matches: There’s a full fixture schedule in the Northern Premier League on Bank Holiday Monday, all kicking off at 3pm, except at Bower Fold where Stalybridge take on one of Trinity’s play-off rivals Hyde United. The Tigers with the early 1pm kick off.
Ashton United vs FC United of Manchester
Atherton Collieries vs Guiseley
Bamber Bridge vs Lancaster City
Belper Town vs Matlock Town
Marine vs Warrington Town
Morpeth Town vs Marske United
Nantwich Town vs Stafford Rangers
Radcliffe vs Warrington Rylands
Stalybridge Celtic vs Hyde United
Whitby Town vs South Shields
Preview by Rob Hughes (@AATM_Media)
Photo credit: Russell Dickens (@bozola900)