Gainsborough Trinity travel to Staffordshire this weekend to face play-off chasing Tamworth FC hoping to turn their fortunes around in the Vanarama National League North. Trinity are yet to win a game under new boss Dave Frecklington but the gaffer maintains that if his side can "maintain a siege mentality" then they’ll have a better chance of survival. Gainsborough slipped into the relegation zone at the weekend following Worcester’s draw away at Nuneaton Town.
Frecklington spoke to Lincolnshire Echo before the AFC Fylde fixture last week declaring "Gainsborough Trinity is in survival mode. If we are going to compete we have to adopt a siege mentality. We are in the trenches and it is time to realise we are in a battle."
Tamworth have enjoyed what can only be described as fluctuating form as of late in the National League North. They have lost three of their last five games, picking up two wins. They will be looking to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat against FC United of Manchester. Despite the three losses in five games, Tamworth home form remains strong, with the Lambs currently on a run of three consecutive home wins. They currently sit five points away from the play-off positions in eighth place.
With seventeen goals, Danny Newton is Tamworth’s top scorer, followed by Ross Dyer who sits on eight goals. Tamworth have only lost three times at home in sixteen home league games so this could be a real test for the Holy Blues’ this coming Saturday afternoon. Gainsborough hold the edge against Tamworth with four wins to the Lambs three, with the sides having drawn three times.
We hosted Tamworth at the Martin & Co Arena earlier this season. The fixture saw Trinity claw back from a two-goal deficit to win the game by three goals to two; Jordan Thewlis, Nathan Jarman and Matty Templeton scored the goals on that day in early October. However, last season was a different story when the Lambs did the double over the Holy Blues’ with 2-0 victories both at the Martin & Co and at the Lamb Ground.
It should be a challenging match against Tamworth but let’s take a good following down to Staffordshire on Saturday and cheer on Dave Frecklington’s lads in the bid to remain in the National League North for another season.
Match preview by Josh Dainty
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