With a large slice of irony, after two postponed games the Dabbers now get ready to play a fixture that itself has been rearranged 3 times, against Gainsborough Trinity at the Optimum Pay Stadium this Tuesday evening (7.45 pm kick-off). Let’s preview this fixture that at times felt like it was never going to happen.
Here we go aGains
Gainsborough come into this game on a 5-game unbeaten run in the league, but 4 of those have been 1-1 draws. They did get one of those draws against Warrington, and also beat Bamber Bridge 2-0 last month, two strong results against promotion chasing sides. They sit seven points and four places above Nantwich in 17th in the PitchingIn Northern Premier but have played two games more.
This is a match-up of two of the three lowest scoring teams in the league, Gainsborough scoring 20 in 24 games against the Dabbers with 19 from 22, so it may not be a goalfest out there on Tuesday.
Last Time Out
Incredibly it’s now been over two full calendar years since the two sides faced each other, and there was not much to write home about in that match four days before Christmas in 2019. It finished goalless at The Northolme, but it included some fine goalkeeping from the Gainsborough stopper that day and the home side struck the post. There was also a slightly ridiculous and harsh late red card for Callum Saunders, all of which can be viewed below.
Players to Watch
Brad Grayson remains Trinity’s biggest goal threat, he’s scored them wherever he’s been in a career that’s taken him to Sweden, Australia and even the Philippines. But it’s worth keeping a eye on Jovon Makama, a recent signing on loan from Lincoln City who has scored in Gainsborough’s last two games.
It’s worth reminding that any tickets bought for the postponed runs of this fixture in November and December will still be valid on Tuesday.
But if you want/need to, tickets for this game can be bought here