Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Gainsborough Trinity 2 v Barrow 0 - FA Trophy Quarter Final

Tuesday 5th February 2013, at the Northolme
FA Trophy 4th Round, Quarter Final
Gainsborough Trinity  (2) 2
Michael Leary 22, Luke Waterfall 29
Barrow  (0) 0
Admission  £11, Programme £2.50, Attendance 785
Team line ups, left click image to enlarge ...
Barrow, wearing Trinity's yellow away strip tonight, because they had turned up at the Northolme with a blue kit; became Steve Housham side's third Blue Square Bet Premier scalp in this season's FA Trophy competition, as the 'Holy Blues' progressed to the semi final stage, where they will now face Wrexham over two legs
Trinity had by far the better of the first 45 minutes, but were pinned back in their own half for most of the second, as Barrow pushed forward looking for a way through a very well organised and resolute defence.
Both goals, scored around the midway point of the first half, came as a result of Terry Hawkridge free kicks.
The first, found Darryn Stamp on the right hand side of the area, who headed the ball across the face of the goal, to where Michael Leary provided the finishing touch from close range.
The second saw Hawkridge's dead ball find the head of Luke Waterfall, who powered the ball past Shaun Pearson to give the home side a two goal cushion.Waterfall's goal greeted the late arrival of 30 or so Barrow fans, who were delayed en route because their coach driver had to take a rest break.
Trinity, were deservedly in front at the interval, but they rode their luck a few times, not least when Richie Baker hit the inside of the right hand upright just before the break, only to see the ball roll along the goal line to Jan Budtz.
To my recollection, Barrow hit the crossbar three times over the course of the game too.
Who'd have thought it!?
Gainsborough Trinity, a semi final away from a Wembley appearance, with the second leg at their home ground.
Wrexham, will obviously be favourites to progress to the final, but if Steve Housham's side show half the determination and resilience they did tonight, it would be foolish and premature to write them off them off just yet.
Late in the game, Barrow's captain Mike Pearson floated the ball in from the right wing, it dropped dangerously towards the Trinity goal, but with Jan Budtz and his defence well beaten, it crashed off the crossbar.
At this moment I heard somebody say: "It makes you wonder if Trinit's name is on the cup this season".
Y'know what?
It actually does.