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PREVIEW: Gainsborough Trinity (a)

2 months ago By OL 2

Adam Etheridge looks ahead to tomorrow's clash...

Nuneaton Town travel to north west Lincolnshire on Saturday for a vital match against second bottom Gainsborough Trinity. The Northolme has been home to The Holy Blues since 1884 and has been a happy hunting ground for the Boro' in recent times with four wins, three draws and just two defeats in their previous nine visits. Last season saw the home side come from behind twice to snatch a 2-2 draw with the previous meeting between the two sides ending in a 1-0 win for Trinity at Liberty Way in August.

Michael Jacklin scored the only goal of the game as the Boro' searched in vein for an equaliser but couldn't find a way through the visitor's resolute defence. Although it may appear that they are struggling, Gainsborough have won six out of eight at home, the only defeat in that run was a 6-0 loss to Slough in the 1st round of the FA Cup.

Forward Ashley Worsfold is top-scorer for Trinity with seven goals in the league this season. The former Sheffield Wednesday man has scored six times in their previous eight matches, including a brace in an epic FA Trophy tie on Tuesday as Gainsborough eventually lost on penalties after a 4-4 extra-time draw away to Spennymoor Town.

Manager Dave Frecklington has been busy strengthening his squad so far in 2018. Lee Beevers was brought out of retirement and winger Adam Smith has been brought back to the club after a spell with Alfreton Town. Midfielder Simon Russell has also rejoined Gainsborough after 18 months at North Ferriby United. Russell follows in the footsteps of Curtis Bateson, who made the switch from Ferriby back in November, though he was substituted after picking up an injury midweek.

Overall Gainsborough have picked up 16 points in 11 games at home this season, scoring 18 and conceding 19. Away from the LDJ Solicitors Stadium Nuneaton have just six points from 12 games and a minus 16 goal difference. So, will Trinity be able to rebound from their cup heartbreak on Tuesday, or will Boro' make it back to back league wins for the first time this season?

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