Wilcox said ahead of the game, "With two games now on the road, starting on Saturday with a trip North to Marske, if you possibly can, please, come along and give us your support. it really does help the players. Let’s hope we can keep our good form going and bring home some points." Victory for the Blues could see Wilcox's men move within four points of the play-off spots, and though too much can't be read into previous results, last season Gainsborough completed the double over the yellows, winning 3-0. A Clayton Donaldson double and stoppage time third from Liam Waldock, before winning 6-2 back at the Northolme. Goals coming from Waldock again, Curtis Durose and second half substitute, Fraser Preston.
First, standing in the Holy Blues' way is the Marske side, sitting middle of the road in the form table, with nine points taken from the last six games. The Holy Blues having picked up two more points in those six games, only tasting defeat at the hands of the current table toppers, Radcliffe. Managed by former Hartlepool boss, Graeme Lee, the Seasiders are a point off safety, but with a -22 goal difference, as opposed to last weekend's opponents Bradford (Park Avenue) just above the drop zone (-11). The gap opens up to seven points from 17th place Bamber Bridge.
Trinity boss, Russ Wilcox has options within his squad following the introductions of Justin Iwobi and Danny Devine ahead of last weekend's 2-1 win over Bradford (Park Avenue). The two making an impression from the substitutes bench - and with a couple of training sessions under their belts with their new team mates, they'll certainly be chomping at the bit, as they look to force their way into the Manager's first choice eleven. An XI that has so far been unchanged in four games. Will Wilcox make it five straight unchanged elevens in a row, or use the options available to him?
Advanced tickets for Saturday's game can be purchased online by through the Marske ticketing portal. Prices for the fixture are adults £12, over 65s (concessions) £8, students (16-18) £7 and U16s £4. The Seasiders have a tremendous offer for both sets of supporters, offering admission for two adults, on the gate, for £20. Certainly an price not to be sniffed at!
Unable to make the journey to the North East? Tune in to commentary from five to three, as the regular voice of Gainsborough Trinity Radio, Rob Hughes links up with Marske counterpart Connor Kacperski. Head to our Mixlr profile, which will take you to the landing page and give you the opportunity to listen, like and comment.
Following hot on the heels of Saturday's game, we make the trip to the Project Solar Stadium at Ewan Fields, to take on Hyde United in a rearranged fixture. 7.45pm kick off, with hopefully a joint live broadcast on Mixlr with our hosts. Stay tuned to find out more. Advanced tickets for our home game against FC United of Manchester are now on sale through our online ticketing portal. Avoid the queues at the turnstiles and buy online today.
The fixtures elsewhere in the Pitching In Northern Premier League as ever throw up some interesting ties, but the pick of the rest sees Marine travel to Sandy Lane to take on Worksop Town and Hyde hosting Morpeth Town in a game that sees the teams separated by only three points. The list in full is as follows:
Atherton Collieries vs Ashton United
FC United of Manchester vs Matlock Town
Hyde United vs Morpeth Town
Ilkeston Town vs Stafford Rangers
Lancaster City vs Bradford Park Avenue
Macclesfield vs Guiseley
Radcliffe vs Bamber Bridge
Warrington Rylands vs Basford United
Whitby Town vs Workington
Worksop Town vs Marine
Preview by Rob Hughes (@AATM_Media)
Luke Jackson photo by Barclay Costello