Trinity host mid-table Gloucester City this weekend, in newly appointed manager Dave Frecklington’s first game in charge. Trinity will be looking to move further away from the relegation zone in a bid to secure their National League North status. Gainsborough currently sit in seventeenth place, only one point away from safety. However, new manager Frecklington has injected a much-needed sense of optimism and belief into Gainsborough that he can be the man to take the Holy Blues’ forward.
Gainsborough have endured a rough patch of form recently, currently without a win in two games, following the 5-1 beating received from Bradford Park Avenue last weekend and the news that talented shot-stopper George Willis has been suspended for three games, Frecklington will be hoping he can make a positive impact straight away.
Gloucester have been in splendid form as of late in the National League North. They are currently on a four-game winning streak in the division. City currently occupy tenth spot in the division, six points away from the play-off positions. With Gloucester looking to extend their winning streak to five and Trinity looking to move away from the drop-zone, both sides have their own incentives to go all out to secure all three points at the Martin & Co Arena on Saturday.
The Tigers have only recently seen their form improve, having lost eleven games and won fourteen, before their most recent games they went through a mixture of wins and losses, failing to capture any real form. It would be fair to say that had City been able to show more consistency this season, they would definitely be a lot closer to the top of the league. With fourteen goals, Luke Hopper is Gloucester’s top scorer, seven clear of Joe Parker and Zachary Kotwica.
We have already played the Tigers this season at Whaddon Road. In that fixture, Gloucester ran out 4-1 victors, with goals coming from Hopper, Parker and Ed Williams for the Tigers and a consolation goal from Matt Thornhill for Trinity in mid-August time. The last time we hosted City the game ended in a 3-3 draw in April of 2016. However, on the subsequent away fixture last season Trinity took the three points, taking the game by two goals to nil. You’d have to go back to 2011 for the last time Gainsborough scored a victory at home against Gloucester. Hopefully with our new man in charge, we’ll see another win this Saturday and move further away from the relegation zone.
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