10 unbeaten at Trinity
15 September 2015
The Lambs travelled to Lincolnshire for the second time in a few weeks to take on a Trinity side, at their Northolme home, who had won 3 drawn 3 and lost 3 of their opening nine fixtures.
In contrast, The Lambs looked to go ten games without defeat, although Any Morrell and the squad were out to stop the run of 5 drawn games on the bounce with a victory.
Morrell made one change to the side that had come back twice for a point at Fylde on Saturday with Jed Davies coming into the starting line up in a straight swap off the bench with Lee Smith.
Gainsborough kicked off the game and inside the second minute, Clarke was upended outside the area allowing Durrell to try and notch his third in two games. It beat the wall but was blocked by a defender and came back to Durrell but his second attempt was also blocked and cleared.
The Lambs strong start continued on 5 when Newton played the ball back into the path of Dyer 12 yards out but Budtz was able to smother his stabbed shot.
Durrell nearly struck the opener on 12 with a right footed shot on the turn from the edge of the area but it went just wide of the left hand post.
Yates countered with a right footed half volley straight at Belshaw and from the ensuing play, Durrell received the ball in the centre and struck low into the bottom right hand corner from 20 yards out. (1-0, 13 mins)
On 17 Bignall overhead kicked the ball back to Belshaw after a good cut back from former Lamb Simon Russell on the right of the box.
A Trinity corner on the right on 22 threatened to causeproblems but was quickly cleared and on 25 The Lambs forced on for themselves which Clarke punted back into the box but was also cleared away.
A long Belshaw freekick after Jarman fouled Newton near the Lambs box on 34 was headed behind for a left sided corner and Tomassen stole in at the far post to drill home his first and his sides second of the evening with a low strike inside the far post. (2-0, 35 mins)
A foul on Russell on 39 set up the home side with a freekick on the right side of the channel into the box. It came to nothing but a minute later Yates made headway in to the box down the left and forced Belshaw into a good stop for a corner.
One minute added time was shown at the end of the first half and although Russell tried to curl a shot from the left inside the left hand post Belzhaw was happy to see it out before the whistle blew on a good first half display.
The Lambs got the second half back underway and Trinity went on the offensive immediately, penning Tamworth back in their own half for most of the opening 5 minutes.
Russell forced a corner on 50 but it was eventually cleared and Tamworth pushed forward for the first time on 52 with Durrell finishing a move with a low shot at the near post that Budtz gathered.
Bignall struck a low shot from distance for Belshaw to gather on the hour and a freekick by Yates on 61 gave the home side another sight on goal but the offside flag halted play as Belshaw collected the ball.
From a Roma cross from the right, Trinity forced another corner and before the flagkick from the right could be taken, Smith replaced Davies.
Smith needed treatment on the field after clashing with Bignall inside the Lambs half on 70 and had to leave the field on a stretcher, holding his chest / ribs three minutes later.
His replacement Strong nearly saw his ball from the left finished in the centre by Dyer on 75 by Budtz got in the way of his finish from a few yards out.
Mettam came on for Newton with four to play as The Lambs looked to see the game out without incident and maybe add a goal to the tally.
A deep Durrell freekick was taken by Budtz on 89 and Gainsborough countered from the keeper’s kick up field as 5 minutes added time was shown.
Mettam turned and shot from 25 yards and Budzt took it, then Clarke upended former Lamb Roma and was shown the yellow card.
Jarman span on the ball in the area on 93 but it was easy for Belshaw to take and Newsham’s shot span away from the target on 94 but it was too little too late from the home side as The Lambs celebrated three points at the final whistle.
Belshaw, Burns, Warlow, Newton (Mettam 86), Tomassen, Preston, Durrell, Clarke, Dyer, Green, Davies (Smith 65, Strong 73)
Subs: Hubbins, Morrell
Yellow: Clarke 90+
Gainsborough Trinity Team:
Budtz, Roma, Lacey, D’Latyea, Quinn, Picton, Russell, Rigby (Binns 38), Bignall (Stamp 84), Jarman, Yates (Newsham 67)
Subs: Karkach, Davis
Referee: T. Bramhall