Bookies have Blues as rank outsiders, but all the pressure is on Wrexham says Newsham

Gainsborough Trinity v Wrexham. FA Trophy semi-final 2nd leg. Trinity came so close to scoring in injury time to level the match and take it into extra time G130223-2l
Gainsborough Trinity v Wrexham. FA Trophy semi-final 2nd leg. Trinity came so close to scoring in injury time to level the match and take it into extra time G130223-2l
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Gainsborough Trinity are rank outsiders for Saturday’s FA Cup clash with Wrexham, but striker Marc Newsham says it might benefit the Blues.

Some bookies have Steve Housham’s side at 8/1 to beat the National League side.

Newsham, who has scored a goal in each of the two previous rounds of the competition, says Trinity will travel to Wales with no pressure or expectations.

“It’s a massive game for the club, the players, the fans, everybody - we’re looking forward to it,” he said.

“We’re the underdogs but that might suit us, we have nothing to lose.

“They’re the Conference Premier side, they’re at home, they’ll have a lot of fans there and all the pressure will be on them.”

While it’s not the draw Trinity might have chosen, with lower league sides still in the draw or attractive home games in the offing, Newsham says they will still enjoy the occasion and have to make the best of it.

“You can’t really pick who you get, and you don’t want a big Conference team away from home if you can choose, but we’ve got the draw now.

“In the cup this season we’ve played really well, apart from the second half at Droylsden, and we might just go there and cause an upset.

“It’s a big club we’re playing, on a nice pitch and in a nice stadium. The whole experience, the trip down, the game, we’re looking forward to all of it.”

For Newsham, the prospect of turning Wrexham over and getting through to the first round proper, would be a big personal achievement.

“In the FA Cup I’ve never had a run,” he said.

“It would be nice to get to the first round, as a non league club that’s what you aim for, to maybe get a big tie against a League club.

“But we’re fully focused on this round and this game, I’m sure Housh will have his plan and we’ll prepare right.”

And he’s starting to hit individual form, after an injury-hit start to the campaign.

“I struggled at the start, missing the first three or four weeks, and Nick (Bignall) and Jarmo (Nathan Jarman) were playing well together and scoring goals.

“Then Housh gave me a bit of a chance, and now my game and my sharpness are coming back and hopefully I can keep getting better.”

Wrexham have won just one of their last seven outings, that victory coming on Saturday when they beat Woking.

They sit ninth in the National League.

Gainsborough, meanwhile, have won three of their last five games - two of which were in the FA Cup - and lie 14th in the National League North.