Lincoln United 0 Gainsborough Trinity 1

Lincoln United 0 Gainsborough Trinity 1

In the latest instalment of Gainsborough Trinity’s pre-season preparations, the Holy Blues travelled to the Sun-hat Villas Stadium to face EVO-STIK South outfit Lincoln United. Dave Frecklington, returning to his previous employers decided to watch from the stands, meaning his assistant Terry Fleming took charge of proceedings. Former Leeds United and Lincoln City striker Robbie McDaid, on trial with Trinity started in a forward three alongside Nathan Jarman and Bradley Wells.

Gainsborough Trinity youth coach Pete Wallace accompanied Fleming in the dugout as several youth prospects made the substitute bench aiming to impress. United got the game underway but it was Trinity who started the more brightly of the two and in the first minute captain Jarman fired a shot into the side netting from the right edge of the box. Minutes later Robbie McDaid picked the ball up deep and took a speculative shot, narrowly striking the sponsor boards on the stand above the goal.

Lincoln United 0 Gainsborough Trinity 1

In the 19th minute Lincoln United looked to get on the scoreboard when Andy Toyne tested Blues keeper Richard Walton, firing a direct free kick straight at the stopper. Two minutes later the ball was in the back of the net when Trinity played some good football in the final third and Jarman slid in Jonathan Wafula for the wide midfielder to calmly smash the ball past Jake Turner in the Lincoln United goal. McDaid looked lively again a minute after the goal sniffing around looking for the rebound when Alex Wiles’ shot from range was just about held onto by Turner.

Trinity began to assert themselves as the dominant side in the 27th minute when some intricate Gainsborough football forced a corner for the visitors but Nathan Stainfield, although rising highest couldn’t direct his header goalwards. The game saw little action up until the 40th minute when Lincoln United forward Ben Fairclough went on a mazing run taking on the Gainsborough defence, he fell in the box looking for a penalty but referee Declan Ford waved away the protests.

Lincoln United 0 Gainsborough Trinity 1

As the teams came out for the second half Trinity made three changes with Charlie Dixon on for Richard Walton, Ellis Storey for Tom Davie and youngster Joe Pettit replacing Alex Wiles. Trinity looked certain to add to the score as Jonathan Wafula created half a yard and struck the outside of the post. However, Jordan Richards lacked the composure to turn in the rebound. Neither side managed to move into a higher gear during the second half but Trinity were almost caught when in the 82nd minute the Whites had a deflected shot bounce off the post and the follow up effort was given offside. McDaid fired another shot from distance just over the bar again a minute later signalling the last of the eventful action.

Trinity will be mostly pleased with their pre-season preparations and go into their penultimate home friendly against League Two side Mansfield Town in relatively good form. Make sure you get yourself down to the Martin & Co Arena on Tuesday to see the Holy Blues continue their preparations for the forthcoming Vanarama National League North season.

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