The Holy Blues’ travel to Warwickshire this weekend to face Nuneaton Town FC in the National League North, looking to earn Dave Frecklington his first win as manager. Gainsborough will be hoping to change their recent run of form after losing 1-0 to Curzon Ashton last weekend at the Martin & Co Arena. In an interview with the Lincolnshire Echo Frecklington has stated the need for players who will go that extra mile and run through brick walls for the club.
Trinity need to start getting points on the board in order to secure their place in the National League North for another season. Gainsborough occupy nineteenth place, still only two points from safety. Frecklington has made a rallying call for his players to step up to the occasion and get the team out of trouble and away from the relegation zone as we approach the final ten games of the season.
The man in charge made his point very clear. "Due to where we are in the league we need all the players to be performing at their highest level, but not enough are doing that. We learned a lot about some members of the team on Saturday, there were a few that were not at the level we need them to be."
Our opponents Nuneaton were to play fellow league strugglers Worcester City this past Tuesday evening but a waterlogged pitch denied Worcester the chance to close the gap on Gainsborough. Nuneaton, while in fourteenth position in the league, are only five points away from the Holy Blues’ signifying a great deal of importance to this game on Saturday. It will certainly be a vital six-pointer. The Boro have only managed to win one league fixture in their last six, a stat both sides share.
However, Nuneaton were handed heartache recently having been knocked out of the FA Trophy Third Round in recent weeks at the hands of National League side York City. With twelve goals, striker Joe Ironside is Nuneaton’s top scorer, five clear of strike partner Jordan Nicholson, though Saturday’s hosts have been rocked by the departure of their leading marksman. Who made the move to league leaders AFC Fylde earlier this week.
This will be the eleventh meeting between the two sides with history showing that Trinity hold four wins against Nuneaton’s three. The sides have played out three draws overall and with both teams needing three points so desperately, we could be looking at a real spectacle of non-league football at Liberty Way this weekend.
Trinity hosted the Boro earlier this season at the Martin & Co Arena, where the game ended in a 2-2 draw in late October. We need a strong following on Saturday, to spur the boys on to hopefully securing all three points and moving us closer to safety. Let’s hope Dave Frecklington can lead the Holy Blues’ to dispatch of Nuneaton Town to give the new boss his first ever win in the Gainsborough Trinity hotseat.
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