Trinity host the runaway league leaders AFC Fylde at the Martin & Co Arena this coming weekend hoping to earn some points to help keep Gainsborough in the National League North. Gainsborough cling onto nineteenth place still, only one point from safety after Worcester’s draw to Darlington. Gaffer Dave Frecklington is focussed and eager to go declaring, "If we can match Fylde for work-rate and desire they will have to do something special to beat us."
Frecklington added, "We have to contend with a Fylde team who are flying and looking set for promotion to the National League. It’s going to be very tough but we have to be organised and positive. What is the point in just turning up. Win or lose on Saturday, if the players can come off the pitch and look at themselves in the mirror and say I couldn’t have given any more that’s all myself and Terry can ask.”
What more is there to say about the table-topping side? They are running away with the league, amassing a mind-blowing seventy points in thirty-two games. Their nearest league rivals Salford, Kidderminster, and Chorley all sit eleven points away from the Coasters who have only lost four games all season. They have won two of their last five games, losing once and have drawn two games. They’re also the league leaders in goal scoring having notched up ninety goals so the Holy Blues’ defence will certainly have their work cut out.
With an unbelievable thirty-nine goals, the talismanic Danny Rowe is both top scorer in the National League North and at Fylde. If this man is having a good day it could spell trouble for Trinity’s chances.
This will be the second time this season we face Fylde. They ran out 3-1 winners in the late-September meeting. Trinity do not have the best record against Fylde, having never beaten the Coasters. Fylde hold four wins over the Holy Blues’ and the sides have shared two draws. Let’s hope the Holy Blues’ can defy the odds in their bid for survival as the league leaders roll into town this Saturday.
Match preview by Josh Dainty. Photo by John Rudkin.
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