Thursday, 5 August 2010

Gainsborough Trinity 3 v Worksop Town 2 - Friendly

Scott Wharton launches a long throw down the right touchline
while a man in a XXXXXL Liverpool shirt looks the opposite way.

Thursday 5th August 2010
Pre Season Friendly
at the Northolme

Gainsborough Trinity 3

(OG, Gavin Cowan, Paul Mayo)
Worksop Town 2
(Ben Tomlinson 2)

Admission £3, No programme but free team sheet

To date Worksop have won all of their pre season friendlies, but tonight, with all due respect to the teams they've already played, they faced their strongest test so far.
Trinity are to be commended for keeping the prices down for their pre season games to such a bargain level.
Apparently they are looking at moving to a new ground in the near future, somewhere up near the Grange Road industrial estate and away from their current town centre location.
One of the reasons given for the upheaval is that they aren't making any money out of the Blues Club adjacent to the Northolme which is under separate ownership.
If the move does come to fruition, I'll miss the Northolme, it's one of my favourite 'neutral' grounds and I visit the place quite regularly when I can't travel too far because of work commitments, given that it's only 11 miles away and less than a 20 minute drive from my house.
They keep a nice pint of Mansfield Bitter in the club too.
Not that I'd ever imbibe in alcoholic liquid and get behind the wheel of my car you understand.
Trinity in yellow Worksop in green

The Tigers players are looking sharp after playing so many warm up games already and came flying out of the blocks from the start.
The fitness and hunger shown by the Tigers impressed a few Trinity supporting friends of mine and they questioned how on earth WTFC were only 40/1 outsiders to do well in the Evo-Stik league and second favourites for relegation this coming season.
At the time of writing those odds have already been slashed in half as word spreads that a reversal in fortunes at Worksop Town FC is imminent, not that I'm going to put the mockers on it or tempt fate by making any outrageous predictions.
Oh, go on then! Worksop Town will stay up this season and it is highly unlikely that they'll be involved in a relegation battle this time around. They've made some very useful signings and have a squad that can deal with the demands of the Evo-Stik Premier League and I'm quietly optimistic that they'll do ... err, OK, in 2010-11.
I think I can safely say that both Gainsborough and Worksop are going to have better seasons than their respective frustrating 2009-10 campaigns.
It would be fair to say both teams managers had their critics last season, mainly from within the ranks of unqualified 'experts' but I feel a few fickle detractors will be reassessing their outspoken opinions any time soon.

Ben Tomlinson fired the visitors in front on 9 minutes at the third attempt.
Phil Barnes heroically tried keeping the ball out but every time he saved it he could only put the ball into the firing range of the Worksop player.
Ryan Mallon was looking especially useful on his return to this former club.
At half time Ben's strike was all that separated the two teams in an open and competitive game.

Following a goalmouth scramble in the Tigers six yard box, OG of Worksop was unfortunate to score an equaliser for Trinity, then Gavin Cowan put them ahead.
Worksop pushed for an equaliser and it was soon 2-2 when Ben Tomlinson seized on a mix up in the Blues defence to fire home his second goal of the night.
This being a friendly and everything it seemed as if Trinity had decided to pay Worksop back for the own goal and they collectively left the ball alone in the penalty area long enough for Tomlinson to get his shot in.
Right at the death Paul Mayo (Hello! Hello! Mansfield reject! Mansfield reject!) scored the latest of late goals for the home side and they snatched a 3-2 victory.
I've said it when Worksop win so I'll repeat it now ... the results of these games don't matter too much, they're all about getting the players gelling together and preparation for the season ahead. To that end this was a very good outing for the Tigers tonight and a good performance by Trinity too.
Roll on 2010-11