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This week The Holy Blues face two tricky tests in quick succession, firstly an away trip to Stockport County which is shortly followed with a local affair as Trinity welcome North Ferriby United to the Martin & Co Arena. Talking to Gainsborough Trinity TV, Trinity manager Dave Frecklington was left bamboozled, as The Lads suffered another heavy 5-4 defeat against Harrogate Town.

“We’re disappointed as we lost another football match, the penny isn’t dropping for certain people. Up until half time we was outstanding in terms of our defensive shape, going 2-1 to the good. We addressed where we needed to improve as a team but the first fifteen minutes of the second half was the exact opposite of what we asked them to do, a very weird feeling at the minute."

Despite The Holy Blues having such a pleasing goal scoring record, he admitted he might have to consider re-structuring his side to stop the amount of goals his team concede. “There’s plenty of positives, we’re on old ground here, we know our positives are going forward but it’s now something I’ve got to address, we might have to take some of those positives away because we need to start being defensive minded.”

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Frecks also revealed he has been actively searching for another centre-back for weeks to try and bolster his defensive options ahead several key clashes for the club.

“I’ve been trying to strengthen it from day one, me and the chairman must have put bids and seven day approaches in for twenty players and that’s no word of a lie. We’ve been trying to bring players in from day dot, but we don’t have the financial clout where we can get the best centre halves in the league or the best back four, everybody knows that.”

Meanwhile Trinity visit Edgeley Park as Stockport County are this week’s opposition. The last time The Holy Blues travelled to County was back in November last year, as they suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat, with Danny Lloyd the scorer for Jim Gannon’s side. Stockport have had a very mixed start to their campaign, losing to Spennymoor Town on the opening day, followed by a convincing 3-0 win over Curzon Ashton. Next up they hosted Harrogate Town, an entertaining game which ended 2-2. Finally they made the short trip to Salford City and went onto lose following a deflected effort from Salford new boy Anthony Dudley.

Following the clash at Edgeley Park, we entertain North Ferriby United who make the short trip over the Humber Bridge, as several familiar faces return to the Martin & Co Arena. Former manager Steve Housham returns to Trinity following the Club’s relegation down to the National League North, along with assistant manager/player Darryn Stamp. Housham managed to attract one of Trinity’s start performers of last season in Jake Picton. The defender put in several solid performances during a tough relegation battle for Gainsborough, and will be looking to impress his former side.

Make sure you get behind The Lads ahead of another tough week, starting at Stockport on Saturday. Ticket prices for the North Ferriby are as follows: Adults £12, Concessions £8, Under 16’s £4, Pre School are Free.


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