Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Gainsborough Trinity v Vauxhall Motors - Blue Square North

Ticket stub,
right game, wrong date

Tuesday 23rd February 2010 - Blue Square North
at The Northolme, Gainsborough

Gainsborough Trinity (0) 2 (Peat 62, Greaves 65)
Vauxhall Motors (0) 0

Attendance £10, Programme £2, Attendance 229
The Trinity programme,
good content, crap cover

Not much football on anywhere tonight, but in a little vortex of Lincolnshire, Scunthorpe United, Brigg Town, Bottesford United and the Blues of Gainsborough Trinity all managed to get their games on.
It was reassuring to see the latters floodlights in the distance as I came over the top of Clarborough Hill from Retford, after just having spent the best part of an hour speed reading internet sites and calling clubs to find a fixture to go to tonight.
Did you know, it's £23 to watch Doncaster Rovers these days? Ten years ago you could have bought them for that.
I'd never really realised just how close Trinity play to my house, until I got home at 9.55PM tonight without either leaving early or breaking the speed limit (ish).
I guess I'm just getting used to travelling further for my Non League football pleasures on a regular basis this season.
Scunny drew (again) v. Ipswich Town, the other three nearby clubs all chalked up victories without conceding a single goal between them.
Though it snowed for virtually the whole of the game at the Northolme, it was only that lightweight stuff that doesn't settle and there's plenty of covered terracing to take shelter from getting a good soaking on this ex Football League ground (that was a long, long time ago mind you).
Northmoor Park, the home of Lincolnshire's finest

Of course Lincolnshire's number one team, Scotter United, weren't in action tonight and I was joined on the terraces by their tactical wizard and manager Colin Picken.
I think it would be fair to say that by the end of 90 minutes we had completely revolutionised the trade union movement and put the world to rights. Lord help you all when I'm Prime Minister and he's my Chancellor, there are going to be a few swinging changes ... and then some!
Right from the kick off Gainsborough knew it would be their night,
when Vauxhall Motors turned up with a headless goalkeeper

I'm not convinced that the first half was a case of two equally matched teams cancelling each other out ... from where I was stood it looked more like a bunch of semi-interested journeymen just going through the motions, because they didn't really fancy it much in the cold and wet.
But the second half was much better.
Motors kept Phil Barnes in the Gainsborough goal busy at times, but it was all fairly easy stuff to deal with for the Trinity shot stopper. I suspect when he was at school he was one of those kids who went in goal because he liked sliding around on his knees and getting them all muddy. But you couldn't fault him for effort.
Trinity deserved the victory, their second 2-0 triumph in the space of just a few days and with games in hand to fall back on, they can now drag themselves up the table and out of the relegation berths.
The tide finally seems to be turning, gradually at least, for the beleaguered Blues boss Brian Little. I met him a couple of times when he was the manager of Wrexham and he's a very nice guy ... possibly the reason Trinity have been struggling is that he's just that little bit too nice, when from what I've seen, some of his players need to have a few cups chucked at them in anger in the dressing room and a good kick up their fat lazy arses for good measure.
There are a few players at Gainsborough who get decent salaries but who don't actually earn them. I won't name names, anybody who's seen this team play more than a couple of times this season would be able to pinpoint the ones I mean.
I'm certain they'll be shipped out once the season finishes and Little will be able to rebuild the team - possibly still in the Blue Square North.
During a break in play both teams amuse themselves by playing the who
can stare the longest at Trinity's number 7 Ashley Burbeary game.

Nathan Peat whacked home a thumping shot from over 20 yards out on 62 minutes that nestled into the back of the net. And three minutes later Lewis McMahon hit a free kick from outside the box that James Coates got his hands to but couldn't hold and Mark Greaves was on hand to head home the rebound.
Vauxhall Motors didn't really come back at Trinity with much heart after that quick-fire double and the home side seemed content to sit on their lead and not take any risks. Right at the very end, as the snow abated for a few minutes, Trinity pushed on to try enforcing their lead still further, but had to content themselves with a 2-0 win and six points out of two games ... a scenario they would've ripped your arm off for a week ago.
My old mate Lee who was at the match with his Trinity mad daughter had predicted 2-0, I'd gone one better and backed 3-0, but I guess he knows his own team better than a mere ground hopping old wanderer like me.
Wow! That's nearly as posh as the one Falkirk use

Right, now lets have some decent weather by the weekend.