at the Windsor Foodservice Stadium
Worksop Town (0) 0
Gainsborough Trinity (0) 0
Admission £5. Programme (inc. a THE66POW centre spread) £1
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And that balance of play swung even more in favour of the visitors, when they introduced the former Tigers crowd favourite Jake Scott from the bench during the second half.
I'll skip over what happened to the travelling Tigers in the interim, given that I have imposed a 55,000 per post word count limit for this season.
And had it not been for their goalkeeper Alan Graves, they could have been on the wrong end of a good going over tonight too.
But it was Trinity who ruled the roost for the majority of the game, compressing the game into the oppositions half, stifling any attacking intentions and effectively silencing the Tigers roar.
But alas, they couldn't turn that territorial advantage into goals and although much of that was down to the tenacity of Mark Shaw's sides no nonsense defending, with Alex Pugh sitting in front of the two centre halves to great effect, proving to be a successful aspect of the night for the home side, if the visitors had upped the ante just a notch more and shown the same kind of clinical finishing touches they had done against their county rivals Lincoln City just two nights ago, then the final outcome could've been much different.
That said, Ashley Worsfold wasn't very far away when he rose to nod Matt Thornhill's free kick wide of the mark in the opening exchanges.
But it was only one of very few chances that Worksop created, as James Reid and Matt Thornhill dictated the game at the other end of the pitch, while Jake Picton bombarded the right channel with a succession of quality balls in behind the Tigers back line. If Jacob Hazel and/or Laim Davis had been on from the start for Dominic Roma's side, this game would've over by half time.
Trinity were sparring with their Nottinghamshire neighbours, but stopped short of delivery a knock out punch, although just before the interval, the ever lively and very busy Graves pulled off a worldly when he tipped Thornhill's long range thumping shot over the bar.
HT: Worksop Town 0 v Gainsborough Trinity 0
The next page of scribbled notes, are all about Graves, keeping the visitors at bay with a string of saves, some of them at the second attempt, but keeping them out none the less, which bodes well for the season ahead and gives 'Showie' options, when the club captain and first choice keeper isn't available.
Mark Fereday forced a save out of Eastwood with a cross cum shot, when he might have benefitted from having a team mate alongside him offering support.
I was hoping to see Josh Dacre, Worksop's recent young signing, get a decent run out tonight, but he only made a cameo role at full back for the last few minutes. Having seen Josh in action endless times in the colours of Handsworth Parramore and Sheffield FC at development team level, I can vouch for the fact that he is more than ready to make the step up to first team football, but he needn't think that I'm the forgiving kind or that I'll ever forget the goal he netted against Mansfield Town's youngsters.
Anyway, game over, Gainsborough had by far the better of it but couldn't quite put the finishing touches to a decent performance, while Ryan Graves was probably man of the match overall, which speaks volumes about which goalmouth the ball spent the majority of it's time in.
FT: Tigers 0 v Holy Blues 0