Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Gainsborough Trinity 1 v Guiseley 3 - Blue Square North

Tuesday 17th August 2010. Blue Square North
at the Northolme

Gainsborough Trinity (1) 1 (Leon Mettam 17)
Guiseley (2) 3 (Liam Needham 27, Warren Peyton 41, 58)

Admission £10. Programme cover price £2. Free teamsheet
Attendance 400 (exactly)
"Not much matches Mansfield"

Trinity took the lead on 17 minutes when a well worked free kick routine out on the right, delivered by former Mansfield Town player Jamie Clarke, was headed over the diminutive visiting keeper Steve Drench by Leon Mettam.
The lead lasted ten minutes when Guiseley's Liam Needham (a very familiar face around these parts) netted a very similar goal after getting on the end of a long throw into the Blues penalty area.
Needham was one of three ex Trinity players in the visitors squad tonight.
Warren Peyton scored Guiseley's second before the break, it was a fine solo goal that found the net via the woodwork.
Right on the stroke of half time Gainsborough were nearly level but Lewis McMahon's blistering shot hit the post.
The width of a post can be the difference between success and failure and never more clearly was this illustrated than in the final few minutes of the first half at the Northolme tonight.
Peyton scored again for the visitors on 58 mins, when he pulled the Trinity defence all over the place before crashing the ball beyond the grasp of Gainsborough's keeper Phil Barnes.
I think a lot of people were under the impression that Guiseley were in the Blue Square North just to make the numbers up this season, but having seen them overtake everybody on the rails to win the UniBond Premier last term, I can testify that they're where they are on merit and will be more than holding their own when the spoils are shared out come May time.
Gavin Rothery hit the crossbar and very nearly added a fourth for the West Yorkshire side, but Trinity then got to grips with their lively visitors and went in search of a fight back, but they had left it too late.
Luke Beckett hit a thundering volley on target, but Steve Drench pulled off a great save, this wasn't going to be Trinity's night despite being the best side for both the first and last 15 minutes of the game ... it was the bit in between that was their undoing. ... with Guiseley's Luke Sharry causing them all sorts of problems linking the midfield and attack together.
Trinty's new look programme had sold out when I left the Blues Club ten minutes before kick off, so I'm very grateful to the person who found one laying about and gave it to me.
If you're the guy who handed it to me, many thanks. If you lost your programme and are the rightful owner, tough luck! You ought to take more care of things you've just bought in future :-P
Early signs are that the new programme editor is doing a great job.