MATCH PREVIEW: Gainsborough Trinity

By Ryan Batty:

Nantwich Town return to action this weekend for their first away trip of 2019 as they travel to Lincolnshire to take on promotion-hunting Gainsborough Trinity. The Dabbers go into this game on the back of a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Witton Albion on New Year’s Day, while Trinity beat Matlock Town 2-0 away from home in their first outing of the New Year.

The Opposition:

Name: Gainsborough Trinity
Manager: Lee Sinnott
The Northolme

Match Details:

Match: Gainsborough Trinity vs Nantwich Town
Competition: Evo-Stik Premier Division
The Northolme
Northolme, Gainsborough DN21 2QW
Gareth Myers (West Riding)


Steve Jones’ last-minute winner secured an opening-day victory over Gainsborough Trinity after a very tight scoreless encounter looked to be giving both sides a share of the spoils. However, Jones headed home in the 90th minute to secure a great start to the new campaign for Nantwich.

However, the only other time we have faced Trinity came all the way back in 1995-96, where the two sides met in the FA Cup Second Qualifying Round at the Northolme, but Nantwich were unable to provide a ‘cupset’, falling in a 5-0 defeat in the Cup.

One To Watch – Ashley Worsfold (Forward):

Former Buxton striker Worsfold joined from Buxton in 2016 after a season at Silverlands. Beginning his career at Hillsborough with Sheffield Wednesday, the striker had prolific spells with Goole and Parkgate, which attracted attention higher up the pyramid.

A sixteen-goal season with Harrogate was halted by injuries over the course of the 2013-14 and 2014-15 campaigns, but despite being offered the chance to return, he moved to Buxton for a fresh start.

Ashley is a powerful front-runner, with a great work ethic and an eye for goal, shown by his scoring record this season, leading Trinity’s charts with ten goals so far, as well as grabbing nineteen last season despite his side being condemned to relegation.

Tale of the Tape:

Nantwich Stats Gainsborough
45 Goals 37
32 Conceded 24
+13 Goal Difference +13
DWWWL Form (Last Five) WLLLW
Sean Cooke (8) Top Scorer Ashley Worsfold (10)
Jaaskelainen, Morgan, Barnes, Stair, Mullarkey, Hughes, Mwasile, Lawrie, Malkin, Cooke, Cotterell Last XI Pollard, Byrne, Gordon, Clarke, Evans, Stainfield, Hannah, Middleton, Worsfold, Russell, Simmons

How to get there:

By Car: 2h 30m – via A50 (109 miles)
By Train: Gainsborough Central (0.4 miles from ground)

Games to keep an eye on:

A huge top-of-the-table showdown takes place this weekend at Throstle Nest as travelling Warrington Town look to halt the progress of Farsley Celtic. Both sides have the chance to move into top spot with a victory, though if Nantwich win at Gainsborough, the winner will move into second. Scarborough Athletic look to return to winning ways after a recent slump in form as they host Hednesford Town.

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