North Ferriby 0 Gainsborough Trinity 1

North Ferriby 0 Gainsborough Trinity 1

Gainsborough Trinity secured back-to-back league wins for the first time since January when they beat already relegated North Ferriby United thanks to a 29th minute Ashley Worsfold penalty. Visiting side Trinity managed to put the long-standing record of not having scored in 11 consecutive away league games to bed and held on to secure all three points as they bid to survive relegation from the Vanarama National League North.

Trinity were forced into making an early change when Thomas Davie went down injured in the ninth minute. Manager Lee Sinnott was required to replace the attacking full-back Davie with Ellis Storey. It was the hosts who had the first real chance of the evening when James Nichols broke free and unleashed a shot that was goal bound. However, Trinity stopper Henrich Ravas denied Nichols with the faintest of touches to tip the ball onto the underside of the bar. Defender Michael Jacklin was then on-hand to clear the danger to keep the scores level.

North Ferriby then took a hold of the game, causing the Holy Blues a number of problems and putting the visitors under a great deal of pressure. Nevertheless, it was Trinity who managed to take the lead just before the half-hour mark. Ashley Worfold was felled by North Ferriby defender Jack Mail in the penalty box. The referee pointed straight to the spot and Trinity’s top goalscorer dusted himself off to fire the Blues into the lead.

There was a great deal of relief for the Trinity faithful when Worsfold netted as the club had not scored a single goal in 11 consecutive away games – the change in luck that you need when in the middle of a relegation dogfight. Following the goal, it was Gainsborough who took control when Worsfold drilled a ball across goal but somehow it missed everybody in the box. It was then Worsfold again who was instrumental in leading the Trinity attack. He found Nicky Walker who had his shot saved by Ross Durrant.

Ferriby came close just before half-time when a game of pinball ensued in the Trinity box. Fortunately, for the visiting side nobody could get onto the free ball and Trinity cleared. On the brink of half-time Gainsborough bizarrely came close to a second goal. Nicky Walker swung a corner into the North Ferriby penalty area and it was deflected onto the crossbar, but Trinity held onto their lead and went into the break still a goal to the good.

It was Trinity who started the brighter of the two teams, Nathan Jarman found Walker who made space for himself and unleashed a right footed effort that sailed just wide of the post. The game petered out for a lot of the second half, resulting in both sides seeing a lot of the ball but failing to make anything count. That was until the 73rd minute when Ravas’ crossbar was rattled again by Johnson after good build-up play by Walker and Robson.

As time wore on, the loyal travelling fans grew more and more anxious seeing their side invite pressure onto themselves letting Ferriby attack. Trinity almost took the chance to steal a second goal in the 89th minute when substitute Ben Hinchliffe whipped the ball away from North Ferriby and ran half the length of the pitch on the counter attack. As the Hull loanee approached the 18-yard box he lost his footing and in turn allowed Durrant the chance to claim the ball back.

Finally, after five very long minutes of additional time the referee called time on proceedings and Gainsborough Trinity took all three points in what can only be described as a vital win, putting pressure on their relegation rivals going into the final two games of the season.

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