Rylands arrive at the Northolme sat second in the table, just four points off table topping Radcliffe having played the same number of games, albeit with a far inferior goal difference. The reason for Warrington's significantly loftier position in the table comes down to consistency. Picking up 12 points at home and eleven on the road, with a plus eight goal difference, smacks of a side that have gone about their business effectively.
It has been well documented in terms of Trinity's failings away from home, having not picked up any League points on the road, making the home form all that more important. And with boss Russ Wilcox keen to address the disparity in results and performances, there is the hope that the Holy Blues will be able to climb the table. Trinity managed the double over Rylands last season, with Saturday's visitors failing to score in the two games. One of last season's highlights was in fact the opening day success at Warrington, when we took the lead in just over ten seconds. A fantastic start to a fabulous day and overly impressive campaign, Trinity going on to win that one 3-0 away!
A new manager was in place by the time of the reverse fixture, but the Blues managed another clean sheet and won 2-0. Again, early goals were the order of the day as strikes from Harry Lewis and Curtis Durose blew the visitors away inside eight minutes! Our visitors have ten different scorers in all competitions, but Rylands have recently been dumped out of the two premiere FA competitions, with away defeats against.
Avro last time, and Macclesfield, making it two defeats in six days away from home. Trinity will be hoping to pile on the agony. There are currently seven teams who haven't lost at home in the league. Here's hoping that come 5pm, the Blues will still be unbeaten, and with another notch in the W column. Come on the Blues!
Season ticket passes are valid for this fixture. Please present them at the turnstiles to gain entry. You can also pay on the gate if you've never been before! Adults £13, Concessions £9 and Under 16s, £5. We have a small carpark available opposite the turnstiles, with a £2 charge per vehicle. If you are looking at parking on the streets around the ground, please be mindful of our local residents and take note of any parking restrictions in place.
The Blues Club is open from midday until late, and there might even be a spot of football on the big screens ahead of the game, so pop in and take advantage of the facilities before and after the game!
The Club Shop is open from 2-4pm on home match days, so be sure to pop in and grab yourself a bargain or two! New lines are being added every week, stock includes replica shirts, a range of match worn tops, t-shirts Hoodie, hats, caps and scarves. There are pens, tote bags, pin badges and bottle openers. Plus, ahead of Christmas, you can also treat your loved ones to a Gainsborough Trinity Gift Voucher. Why not nip in before the game, see what's on offer and make a purchase or two, or gift someone the freedom to choose!
Javelle Clarke is the cover star for this weekend's matchday programme, that's packed full of plenty of reading. Hear from the boss, Russ Wilcox, Captain, Dylan Cogill and Co-Chairman, Dave Horsley. There's the regular contributors: BBC Radio Lincolnshire's Dale Storey, Steve Andrews with his Under the Bed archives; Phil Anderson's View from the Carlilse Street (including a mention for a lucky mascot and the current Trinity boss) plus a Women's update and all the information on the day's opponents! All priced at £2.50 and available to purchase at the turnstiles, in partnership with our friends at Matchday Creative.
A special shout out to our fantastic sponsors joining us for the game. On Saturday, we welcome AMP Rose and Sills and Betteridge to the Kal Group Stadium. Two loyal sponsors who have been part of the Gainsborough Trinity fabric for a long time, we hope you enjoy your afternoon with us and can be our lucky charm as we look to continue our positive home league form. We look forward to meeting you before, during and after the game, capturing smiles and creating memories.
In a truncated Pitching In Northern Premier League programme on Saturday, due to a number of sides' continued Emirates FA Cup campaign, here are the fixtures elsewhere in the NPL. Apart from our game, the other eye-catching game sees the runaway leaders Radcliffe host 4th placed Ilkeston at the Neuven Stadium:
Bradford Park Avenue vs Hyde United
FC United of Manchester vs Morpeth Town
Guiseley AFC vs Stafford Rangers
Marske United vs Basford United
Matlock Town vs Workington AFC
Radcliffe vs Ilkeston
The FA Cup games featuring sides from our division are:
Alfreton Town vs Macclesfield
Chelmsford City vs Whitby Town
FC Halifax vs Marine
Kidderminster Harriers vs Ashton United
Worksop Town vs Boston United
Preview written by Rob Hughes (@AATM_Media)