Basford 0 Gainsborough Trinity 1

Basford 0 Gainsborough Trinity  1

For the second away game on the trot Trinity travelled in impressive numbers and backed by over 150 Holy Blues, Liam's loco pulled out of yet another station with all three precious points. Patience and perseverance proved a virtue as triumphant Trinity marched two points closer to fourth and four points clear of Scarborough.

Weather aside at the business end of the season a 1-0 win against talented play-off contenders on a plastic pitch is what a promotion push is all about. The Trinity troops certainly weathered well their Basford battle. The eleven stood tall, nerves of steel, staring into the eyes of the ninety minute storm, missing our first choice keeper plus Wilson up front to boot, but, this King and Hannah side have fight and did the town proud once again.

Basford 0 Gainsborough Trinity 1

The inclement elements made a mockery of the best endeavours of two passing sides in the first half. The first bounce gained ten yards thanks to the wind and rain on top of a pre-match double portion from the sprinkers. Trinity however looked the most dangerous hindered rather than helped playing with a gale force wind. The brave Basford back four, saw any limited final ball come to little or nothing.

It is true both sides had first half chances. Middleton forced a full length save from Deeney while Green had to be alert to save from a James Reid free-kick. A Worsfold effort was also deflected for a corner.

Stainfield was replaced by Evans at half-time with Simmons also on for Longbottom on 53. The game was now end to end. Arguably the turning point of a passionately contested cup-tie style contest came on seventy minutes. A 50/50 between Thornhill and Shane Clark saw the Basford man shown a second yellow to reduce the hosts to ten men.

Driven on by the management duo new signing Liam Hughes, an absolute beast of a blue, beats his man and fires just wide. Before Byrne bedazzled with his wing wizardry prowess, beating two to deliver a dangerous ball. The goalmouth scramble sees Worsfold pounce and prod but the 'keeper somehow saves with his body.

Basford 0 Gainsborough Trinity 1

A burst from Ben Gordon into the box, brought a second smart block from the man in the sticks. Could Trinity penetrate, with time running out? With the three minutes of added time all but up salvation as super sub Simmons make no mistake with a clinical drive from 18 yards to send the Holy hordes home happy with the last kick of the game. It's what Saturdays are all about!

Folks will be frying all week, down Trinity Street with Marine at home up next.

Tems & Schemes

Basford 0 Gainsborough 1 (Simmons 90')
Attendance 355 (approx 160 Holy Blues)

Basford: (4-4-2) Deeney, Carr, Roma, Galinski, Gascoigne, Nash, Thomas, Thornhill, Grantham, Watson, Reid

Trinity: (4-4-1-1) Green, Austin, Gordon, Russell, Maguire, Stainfield, Burne, Clarke, Worsfold, Middleton, Longbottom, Hornshaw, Evans, Hughes, Hannah, Simmons

The Saturday Synopsis...

Buxton won at Grantham to leapfrog Scarborough who now sit four points behind the Blues. Boro led 1--0 at half-time but Stalybridge pulled one back in the 87th minute through Scott Bakkor, before Solomon Davies completed the upset, in the 89th minute. Trinity would of course rub salt in the wounds further a moment later thanks to super sub Simmons' strike.

Nantwich came from two down at Hednesford and thought they had nicked it 4-3 only for the hosts to claw it back to 4-4, four minutes from time. Buxton won away at Grantham to maintain their play-off push. Farsley, Warrington and South Shields all faced postponements.

When the Ferriby point deductions are made (surely they've got to, all be it still to be confirmed) Trinity will now be seven points behind Nantwich with the added bonus of a game in hand. Buxton sit level with us on 55 points but host Scarborough next week.

Three points will be vital next week, so we need as many folks as possible to get down to the Martin & Co. The club are offering a discount for fans wishing to savour the final awesome foursome at The Northolme - see Fab4 here.

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