The Holy Blues face seventh placed Stockport County this weekend with only the thought of survival on their minds. The gaffer Dave Frecklington has wiped a clean slate for his players to go out and secure survival for Trinity, stating “On Saturday we start with a clean slate and we will be going out to win.”
Gainsborough will want to make sure they aren’t left behind by relegation rivals Worcester City, who face Curzon Ashton at the weekend. After the disappointing result, away to Chorley last weekend, where Frecklington’s men succumbed to a 4-0 loss, the boss wanted to ensure that his squad goes into the last five games of the season with the right frame of mind.
“We have five games left and there are 15 points to play for. We have a chance to win all five of those games. We had a very good meeting with the players, a very positive meeting and we have drawn a line under what has gone on before. On Saturday, we start with a clean slate and we will be going out to win. Every player has a chance for a fresh start because we are facing five games to save our season.”
Play-off chasing Stockport come into this game on the back of a rather positive run as of late. County are unbeaten in their last six games and have recorded two wins in their last five, helping move them into play-off contention. The Hatters dangerman is club top scorer Danny Lloyd. The 25-year-old has contributed with some sterling performances for County this season, notching up an impressive 19 goals from midfield. The gaffer spoke about County and Lloyd to the Lincolnshire Echo earlier in the week.
“They are the best team I have seen this season. I think they probably have the division’s best player in Danny Lloyd but they have threats all over the pitch. They have runners form deep and it will be our toughest game since myself and Terry (assistant boss Terry Fleming) arrived at the club.”
If you’re one who goes off the record books then look away now! Stockport hold the historical advantage over the Holy Blues. They have beaten Trinity five times as opposed to the two victories held by Gainsborough. In the match, earlier this season it was Stockport who took the spoils in the mid-November game. It was the dangerman Lloyd who was the difference in that game, scoring in the 11th minute.
Make sure you get your ticket for this weekend and get yourself down to the Martin & Co Arena to cheer on Dave and the lads as we aim to avoid relegation from the National League North.
Match preview by Josh Dainty
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