Trent-Witham Trophy First Leg
Gainsborough Boys 2
Lincoln Boys 1
GAINSBOROUGH Boys came out on top against their city neighbours in an enthralling encounter on the Northolme.
Both sides adapted well to the big pitch and played some attractive football. Gainsborough looked the best organised in the early exchanges with Andrew Scott a strong influence in midfield with some useful runs from Brendan True. However, it was Lincoln who had the first real chance on goal, but Kane Brown’s pace and perfectly timed tackle denied them.
Kane’s partnership with Jack Mathers at the heart of the defence has been a real strength for Gainsborough this season, and with Ethan Redmond back to top form, the defence were in control.
Midway through the half Gainsborough took a deserved lead when a cross from the right found Nathan Wright completely unmarked and he slotted the ball home from close range.
Both sides created chances. Jack Mathers produced a great block to thwart Lincoln, then at the other end Keaton Gale’s shot across goal bounced off the far post just before the interval.
Lincoln were more organised in the second half and Gainsborough lost some of their fluency, but still the game was pretty even.
Ewen McKay, playing his first match for the Boys, was growing in stature and reading the game well.
After defending a string of Lincoln corners well, Gainsborough doubled their lead when Dominic Walton broke away down the right flank, looked up and hit an early ball for Keaton Gale to run on to and beat the advancing keeper to score a classic goal.
Lincoln got one back with a snap shot on goal, and substitute keeper Ross Thompson had to stand tall and make a great save to maintain Gainsborough’s advantage in the last minute.
This was a real team effort. The Boys kept their shape throughout and they can be proud not only of the result, but also of their overall performance.