A decision that still rankles with the boss, but one he hopes the group will harness. Speaking ahead of the game, Wright explained, "It has been a tough game to approach, with us not playing competitively since February 29th, but the lads have trained well in that period, getting minutes under their belts, playing against both 18s sides and still looking really sharp."

"Playing at home on the 3G hopefully plays to our advantage in how we want to approach the game, doing what we do well and have done well all season. Long Eaton are something of an unknown, but we expect it to be as tough a game as we’ve had all year with a place in the final at stake."

Friday's visitors are top of the Worksop Van Hire South Midland Development League, the equivalent level to Trinity. Wright will be hopeful his side can take a step towards retaining their crown, as a side that has finished 2nd, 1st and 2nd in the three completed seasons since Covid, providing the likes of Kyle Simpson, Josh Fraiwald, Scott Hutchison, Rueben Brewin-Hawkins and Ethan Cowan opportunities from within, as well as providing up and coming Gainsborough youngsters with the platform to make the step up into competitive men’s football.

Narrowly pipped to the post by Harworth Collieries in another hard fought title race, the young Blues will be determined not to miss out on another trophy. With First Team Manager, Russ Wilcox set to be in attendance, casting an interested eye over proceedings, the youngsters have added cause to put on a show.