The form of Russ Wilcox’s Holy Blues, particularly at home, has been most impressive, with Trinity hoping to further dampen the spirits of the weekend's visitors. Eight league games without a win, The Green Army have three points to their name from the 24 available, with more than three times that points tally coming from games at home.
Recently parting ways with their long serving boss, Mark Bower and his assistant, Danny Boshell, they are currently being looked after by experienced players Gianlucca Havern and Oli Johnson. In their first game in temporary charge, BPA led 2-0 at half time against Matlock before falling to a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Gladiators. Park Avenue's goals both scored by Myles La Bastide. Their second game fell victim to Storm damage, when they had hoped to be entertain Marine at the Horsfall Stadium, only to see their Monday night game postponed.
Currently sitting in 19th spot, just below the drop zone on goal difference, but with a game in hand over Basford sitting a place above them, the Holy Blues sit four places higher and six points better off, with a game in hand. This one certainly looks like presenting Wilcox’s charges with a different type of challenge and one that if passed with flying colours - will help to propel Trinity up the table. Please get yourselves along down to the Kal Group Stadium, at the traditional Northolme ground. Proudly wear your colours, and turn out in numbers.
There is no Premier League or Championship football to distract you, so Sheffield Wednesday fans, Rotherham United fans, get yourselves down to DN21, take a watch of some of your bright young talents as they continue their development at Trinity during loan spells with the club. We've got Luke Jackson, Owls' keeper and Hamish Douglas and Joel Holvey making regular appearances from the Millers. A warm welcome awaits you!
Leading the Park Avenue scoring charts is Will Longbottom with six league goals. A former Trinity loanee, making half a dozen appearances on loan from Doncaster. Another name that may be familiar is Preston; striker Jordan is our own Fraser Preston's elder brother. Perhaps this game is too early for the two siblings to come up against each other on the pitch, but maybe by the time the two sides meet in April, the sibling rivalry could commence...
A shout out to our special sponsors supporting the club this weekend: a set of supporters by the name of the Away Travel Group, aptly named due to the nature of their penchant for following the Holy Blues around the North of England, win, lose or draw! We also welcome our brilliant ball sponsor Stuart Hogg, and wish all of our sponsors a wonderful afternoon in our company. We thank them all, from the bottom of our heart, for their continued support and backing of the Holy Blues.
Adult tickets are priced at £13, Concessions £9 and Under 16s £5, with U11s free when accompanied by a paying adult. We have once again made tickets purchasable through the online Ticketing portal located on the main navigation tree, or by clicking here. Tickets for all remaining games have been loaded onto the portal and we would encourage people to purchase their tickets ahead of the game, to avoid queues at the turnstiles.
Bobby Johnson stars as this weekend's cover photo of the Gainsborough Trinity Official Matchday Programme, produced in association with Matchday Creative. Inside our action-packed offering is an extended interview with exciting forward, Javelle Clarke, plenty of information on the day's opponents, Bradford (Park Avenue). Phil Anderson shares his View from the Carlilse Street, while Steve Andrews dives Under the Bed to find some treats from his box(es) under the bed. Read the thoughts of Co-Chairman, John Myskiw, Manager Russ Wilcox and Club Captain, Dylan Cogill. You can also catch up on all the facts, figures and stats, as well as your available sponsorship opportunities to get behind the Blues!
Elsewhere in the Pitching In Northern Premier League, there are seven other fixtures on Saturday afternoon, the pick of the other games sees two of the sides embroiled in the play-off places, where Gorsey Lane hosts Warrington Rylands vs Worksop Town. The list in full comprises of the following:
Atherton Collieries vs Marine
Basford United vs Workington AFC
FC United of Manchester vs Guiseley AFC
Marske United vs Lancaster City
Morpeth Town vs Ilkeston Town
Warrington Rylands vs Worksop Town
Whitby Town vs Bamber Bridge
Preview written by Rob Hughes (@AATM_Media)