Gainsborough Trinity 2 Harrogate Town 1

Gainsborough Trinity 2 Harrogate Town 1

Trinity secured a third league win out of four with a late victory over promotion chasing Harrogate Town. Assistant manager Darryn Stamp got the winner as he beat the Town keeper to the ball to find the net after Nathan Jarman had earlier equalised.

Gainsborough manager Steve Housham made one change to the side which were knocked out of the FA Trophy by Ashton United. It was an attacking change too with Nathan Jarman making his first start since picking up a thigh injury in the victory at FC United. The former Barnsley forward came in for Jamie Yates as the Blues looked for goals against high flying Harrogate.

The visitors started brightly with the wind behind their backs with on loan defender Paul McKay preventing ex-Blue Dominic Knowles giving them the lead with a block in the six yard box. Town were not to be denied for long as a quick counter attack found Jack Emmett in the box to slip the ball under Jan Budtz.

The wind from Storm Desmond clearly favoured the visitors in the first half but Gainsborough did not let the early deficit get the better of them as Nathan Jarman almost levelled when his stunning volley hit the roof of the net. Harrogate top scorer Brendan Daniels found the same spot a minute later as he headed into the ground and over the bar.

This was all before the most dramatic turn of events in the first half when Trinity were denied four times on the line in a matter of seconds. A goalmouth scramble saw Simon Russell denied twice, along with Anthony Wilson and Liam Davis. Jarman was next to try as he swivelled in the box and shot over after a low cross from Davis.

Goalkeeper Jan Budtz was forced into an excellent low save to prevent Harrogate extending their lead through Kerry Lloyd's low drive. Daniels was next to try and he came even closer, hitting the woodwork with a left strike from the edge of the box before Budtz was equal to his next attempt before the break.

The second half was not as frenetic as the first but there was still plenty of drama. Fifteen minutes into the half Trinity levelled. Jake Picton advanced down the right and floated a cross to the far post to find Jarman, who won his aerial duel to power the ball into the net.

Soon after Davis hit the side netting with a deflected shot when well placed in the box. Then came the addition of Darryn Stamp and Marc Newsham to the forward line in search of the winner and it was the former who took all the headlines.

After a long hopeful punt upfield, Stamp raced onto the bouncing ball and leapt for it with the Harrogate keeper and flicked it into an empty net to seal the three points.

Gainsborough Trinity
Budtz, Roma, Lacey, Brogan, McKay (Yates 75), Picton, Russell, D'Laryea, Wilson (Newsham 66), Jarman (75), Davis. Subs (not used) Binns, Drury

Harrogate Town
Crook, Turner, McWilliams, Thirlwell, Coates, McGurk, Colbeck (Clayton 65), Kerry, Emmett, Knowles (Thewlis 86), Daniels. Subs (not used) Gascoigne, Bloomer, Cadman

Goalscorers: Emmett (6), Jarman (59), Stamp (82)
Bookings: Brogan, Jarman; Daniels
Referee: Mr D Ford
Assistants: Mr S Porter, Mr A Dunne
Attendance: 403

Match report by David Granger (dave_granger) - Freelance Sports Journalist