Trinity host mid-table opposition this weekend in the shape of Curzon Ashton. Gainsborough will be hoping to get some points on the board in order to move away from the dreaded drop-zone in the National League North. Gainsborough still occupy nineteenth place, only two points clear of the drop zone. However, manager Dave Frecklington believes his side can capitalise on last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Gloucester City and begin to put together a good run of form as we enter the business end of the season.
Curzon have enjoyed what can only be described as fluctuating form as of late in the National League North. They have won two of their last five games but have also lost two of their last five games. They will be in high spirits however, after seeing off Alfreton Town by five goals to nothing last weekend. With Matty Warburton scoring a hat trick for Ashton in that match, he’ll certainly be seen as the in-form dangerman.
With ten goals, Niall Cummins is the Nash’s top scorer, four clear of hat trick hero Warburton, who recently returned to the team having joined Salford in the summer. The Nash also boast the record of only two away defeats, so this could be a real battle out there for the Holy Blues’ this coming Saturday afternoon.
This will be only the fourth time in history that Trinity and Curzon face off and currently the head-to-head record shows one win to Gainsborough and two wins to Curzon. That one Trinity win came earlier in the season at the Tameside Stadium. In that fixture, Trinity ran out as 2-1 victors, with goals coming from Matty Templeton and Matt Thornhill in late October. The Curzon wins came the last time we hosted them. It ended in a 2-0 defeat in March of last year. The other Ashton win came in October of 2015. That day the opposition completed a 3-0 triumph over Gainsborough. Let’s hope the Holy Blues’ can even the odds with Curzon Ashton and add to that single victory, kicking on with the bid to remain in the National League North.
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