In their 21 games at home last season, they picked up 33 points, whilst scoring 44 goals – that was an average of just over two goals a game at the New Manor Ground. Winning nine times at home, with six draws and six defeats. With player turnover, league make up, and many other factors in play, it is difficult to look at the facts, figures and statistics, but a cursory look back at Trinity’s fabulous away record last campaign, that was the best in the league, better than the promoted duo of South Shields and Warrington Town, you have to believe that Bish & Stampy know how they will want to set a side up to go away from home and pick up a positive result.
Whilst the Holy Blues played out a 0-0 draw on opening day, the Robins watched by new boss Gary Hayward, came from behind, to win 3-1 at Marske United's Mount Pleasant Ground, making them one of seven sides with maximum points. How many will remain at 10pm on Tuesday?
Goalkeeper, Matt Yates is the current man between the sticks for our hosts. The popular goalkeeper leaving in the summer after three years at the club, to play his football closer to home.
No supporters coach is travelling for the game on Tuesday evening, so supporters making the trip to Ilkeston need to fire up their satnav, and use the following details:
Ilkeston Town Football Club
New Manor Ground
It’s about 63 miles from the Northolme to the New Manor Ground, and probably worth giving yourself a couple of hours worth of driving time to get there in time for the 7.45pm kick off. With the Summer Holidays in full swing, let’s try and get as many of the Blue Army mobilised as possible, as Bish & Stampy’s side go in search of the first win of the campaign. Admission prices confirmed on the Ilkeston website are as follows:
Adults - £12
Concessions - £8
Students - £8
Under 16s – Free
Those of you unable to travel can tune in and listen along to commentary on Gainsborough Trinity Radio, by clicking on the following link: Live Match Commentary Here. Going live five minutes before the scheduled kick off time of 7.45, to bring you team news and reaction. We may even be able to land a player that isn't involved to come along and co-commentate (if you're lucky)...
Elsewhere in the Pitching In Northern Premier League Ashton United will be looking to bounce back from the opening day mauling at newly promoted Workington AFC. They host Basford, returning to the NPL after a brief spell in the Southern Central Division! Two sides to win their game on the opening day, face off at Neuven Stadium. Radcliffe hosting Lancaster City. Will Morley & Johnson fall at the hands of Fell? Matlock Town, with their plethora of former Trinity players, travel to Macclesfield, and that also looks an interesting battle, ahead of our game on Saturday. In full, the fixtures read:
Ashton United vs Basford United
Atherton Collieries vs Bradford Park Avenue
Bamber Bridge vs Hyde United
Guiseley AFC vs Whitby Town
Macclesfield vs Matlock Town
Marine vs FC United of Manchester
Morpeth Town vs Workington AFC
Radcliffe vs Lancaster City
Stafford Rangers vs Warrington Rylands
Worksop Town vs Marske United
Whatever happens tomorrow night though, there is still a long way to go in the campaign – and league titles won’t be won and lost in the first seven days of the campaign.
Preview written by Rob Hughes (@AATM_Media)
Photo credit: Craig Lamont captures the New Manor Ground, home of Ilkeston Town