A handful of things to consider as Harriers head to Trinity…
By Matty Paddock - 09/03/2018
Posted 1 year ago
Harriers head to Gainsborough Trinity on Saturday and we’ve compiled our usual list of 5 Things to consider going into the fixture.
It’s the start of a tense finale in National League North as teams battle it out for promotion honours, or the relief of being able to avoid the drop.
As the two teams meet at the weekend, we look at some information about Trinity and our past meetings to bring you 5 Things to think about Gainsborough, our hosts.
BATTLING AGAINST THE DROP
Gainsborough find themselves in the drop zone going into the weekend game, but they’re not far from safety. The gap is just six points, and the team have two, key games in hand on Tamworth who currently sit just about the dreaded line. Gainsborough are capable of putting together a good run of form – they picked up nine wins from 13 games earlier in the term, and it is only very recent results that have seen them slip downwards.
WE MEET AGAIN
A familiar face in the Gainsborough squad is former Harriers man Simon Russell. Russell made more than 150 appearances for the reds between 2005 and 2009, including his first season in senior football in the Football League. He’s back with Trinity for a second spell having also made a century of appearances for the club between 2013 and 2016. His return there this season came after a spell with bottom club North Ferriby, for whom he featured at Aggborough earlier this term.
THE HOLY BLUES
As you might expect, Gainsborough Trinity are known as the Holy Blues – referencing not only their traditional playing colours but also their founding history. The club was first formed as Gainsborough Recreationalists back in 1973 by the vicar of Holy Trinity Church, going on to play competitive football in the Midland Counties League in 1889.
SINNOTT’S THE NEW MAN
Former England U21 International Lee Sinnott is the man at the helm at Gainsborough, having assumed the role last month following the departure of Lee Frecklington. Sinnott’s managerial career saw him take charge of Farsley Celtic from 2003 before going on to manage Port Vale, Braford Park Avenue and Altrincham.
EARLIER THIS SEASON
This season’s return fixture with Gainsborough saw the team etch out a fine 3-0 victory at Aggborough Stadium. A goalless first half saw Andre Brown go agonisingly close, before Joe Ironside netted the opener just a couple of minutes after the restart. Further goals from Fraser Horsfall and Declan Weeks wrapped up the success.
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