Sitting three places and two points below Trinity, 'Boro have a game in hand on our boys, giving the added incentive for Tom Shaw and his boys to secure the maximum. Bobby Grant leads the scoring charts with four for Saturday's visitors, but others on the mark include Bermuden international Kole Hall and experienced duo Andy Owens and Jean Akpro-Akpra. Radcliffe's home form has definitely been the better of the two with wins over Witton and Nantwich, but on the road, its notable points against Bamber Bridge most recently and a 0-0 draw against third place Whitby Town. Trinity will be looking to add to home wins against Whitby, Morpeth and Stalybridge and the opening day point earned against Witton Albion when Radcliffe visit the Northolme.
Speaking to the head coach in the week, things were certainly beginning to look up on the injury front. Last weekend's 1-0 win over Stalybridge in an additional fixture slotted in by the league, came with no fewer than nine first teamers unavailable for action. With a handful of those absentees in contention for the weekend, a selection headache of the positive kind looks a distinct possibility. Ahead of this weekend’s game and following a tough few weeks, Tom Shaw had the following to say about the journey so far.
"The supporters have been excellent. They have been patient when we have needed them to be. They have been behind us when we needed a push and I genuinely feel their noise, enthusiasm and energy have helped us get through the tough spells in our recent home games and helped us get over the line."
"We want to put on a product that the fans can enjoy. A real identity that we can deliver at home and then take on the road with us where people know what Gainsborough Trinity is all about on the pitch this season. It is important that Gainsborough as a town, and having met more people and spent more time in the town, is represented on the pitch. We want humble, hardworking players that enjoy getting their hands dirty and doing the hard graft to be successful and therefore a team that the Gainsborough supporters can engage with and associate themselves with."
We would love to see even more than the 512 that came and supported us against Stalybridge last weekend, so if you were one of those present, please share the word and back us through the turnstiles! This Saturday sees a bumper programme, featuring the return of Dale Storey's column, a big interview with Toby Gould, quick fire questions with Charlie Jemson, musings from head coach Tom Shaw and club captain Lewis Carr and so much more. Priced at just £2.50 and available at the turnstiles, if you don’t manage to get your hands on a copy, they are also available to purchase online here.
We wish everyone a safe journey to Gainsborough tomorrow, where a warm welcome awaits you at the Gainsborough Martin and Co Arena, where The Blues Club is situated on the site of the ground. Open from midday, welcoming both home and away supporters to enjoy the pre-match festivities. Tickets for tomorrow's game are priced at £12 for adults, £8 for concessions, and £4 for U16s and can be purchased in advance online. We hope to see you tomorrow.