That’s the thoughts of manager Neal Bishop as the side prepare to welcome Lancaster City to the Dave Longstaff Martin and Co Arena, as he continued "To all who follow us home and away, these lads are giving you everything they have for this club - and your support is never not appreciated." With this in mind, the more people we can get through the gate, and get behind the side, the more we can drive on to be successful, boosting the side with talented players, like Dylan Cogill who was announced earlier today. It’s hoped that Dylan’s paperwork will have been ratified by the league and FA ahead of the weekend’s double header, that sees us travel to Matlock Town on Bank Holiday Monday.
There is certainly no rest for anyone at the football club as the games continue to come thick and fast. The only breather from the relentless league action is the first Qualifying Round of the FA Cup, which sees us host Loughbough Students a week on Saturday. Yes, you read that right, a home FA Cup tie!
Hailing from the Giant Axe, the Dolly Blues are managed by Mark Fell and currently sit in 19th spot having picked up three draws and a defeat in their opening four league games. Like Trinity, Lancaster boast one of the better defensive records, having conceded only twice in the league so far. A strong, robust side, Trinity and Lancaster are no strangers to each other, just last season, the sides met on three occasions. Gainsborough winning twice, with Lancaster knocking Trinity out of the FA Trophy in the first round in-between the two league fixtures. With very little between the sides, the Holy Blues will be hoping to come out on top, with the home crowd roaring Trinity on, and extend the unbeaten start to the campaign.
Doncaster Rovers (H) 1-0
Warrington Rylands (A) 0-3
Hyde United (H) 1-1
Stafford Rangers (H) 0-0
South Shields (A) 1-1
Widnes (A) 0-2
Nantwich Town (H) 1-1
Marine (A) 0-0
Stalybridge Celtic (A) 1-0
Radcliffe (H) 0-0
Admission Adults: £12
Concessions: £8 (16-18 and 65+)
Under 16s: £4
Entrance is pay on the gate, with both cash and card payments accepted. Season Tickets are valid for this game. Tickets can also be purchased ahead of the game by heading to our online portal, linked here. Away supporters are advised that The Blues Club, next to the turnstiles, with a vast selection of drinks on draught, to cater for all tastes and pallets. Before the game, the big screens will have the 12:30 kick off, as Southampton take on Manchester United at St Mary’s Stadium.
Once the main action is done with at the Dave Longstaff Martin and Co Arena, Fulham’s trip to Arsenal is on the box, in an interesting looking London derby. The Blues Club are more than happy for visiting Lancaster City fans to make use of the facility, before and after the game. For those driving, there is a car park opposite the main turnstiles. There is also ample street parking around the ground, but please be mindful of our local residents and do not park on private car parks or obstruct driveways. We thank you for your cooperation.
In Issue 3 of the Gainsborough Trinity Matchday Programme, we hear from the Chairman, Richard Kane, Manager Neal Bishop and Skipper Andrew Wright, as there is certainly a feeling of disappointment from the midweek draw at highly fancied South Shields. Regular features from contributors Phil Anderson, Steve Andrews and Dale Storey give plenty for supporters to read, as well as Behind Enemy Lines featuring a piece by Lancaster City’s Craig Thompson. We have a couple of snap shots, provided by the Non-League Paper’s visiting photographer Dan Westwell. Jack Dyche answers the first and last questions – all priced at £2.50 and available inside the ground before the game.
Elsewhere in the Pitching In Northern Premier League there is a full fixture list scheduled. All games kicking off at 15:00. Here is the full list of fixtures to save you looking elsewhere, as newly promoted Marske United travel to fellow promoted side Marine. Pointless after four games, Whitby Town welcome highfliers Stafford Rangers to the Tow Bar Stadium as any teams picking up three-point maximums are likely to see big shifts in their early season standings.
Ashton United vs Warrington Town
Atherton Collieries vs Matlock Town
Bamber Bridge vs FC United of Manchester
Belper Town vs Warrington Rylands
Marine vs Marske United
Morpeth Town vs Hyde United
Nantwich Town vs South Shields
Radcliffe vs Liversedge
Stalybridge Celtic vs Guiseley
Whitby Town vs Stafford Rangers
Preview written by Rob Hughes (@AATM_Media)
Images by Dan Westwell, Non League Paper (@danwestwell)