Chorley we can bounce back says Blues boss

Conor Higginson in action for Trinity
Conor Higginson in action for Trinity

Steve Housham and his Gainsborough Trinity side will aim to bounce back from a torrid October, when high flying Magpies visit on Saturday.

Third placed Chorley are the visitors to the Martin and Co Arena, as the Blues return to Conference North action after last week’s FA Cup defeat at Gateshead.

Housham insists that the cup exit did no lasting damage to the morale of his squad.

But he does want to see Trinity return to winning ways after just one victory in five games during the month of October.

He told the Standard: “We need to bounce back.”

“We’re still positive after the last few games.”

“And we’re not going to let the Gateshead game affect us, it was the hardest draw we could have got in the competition and it would have been a massive ask for us to go there and get a result.”

The Gainsborough manager is under no illusions as to the size of the task facing his side this weekend as well.

“Chorley are up there, it’s a very tough game for us.”

“They’ve come up from a lower division, same as Fylde, and North Ferriby last season, and they’ve got a winning mentality.”

“They’ll be a big strong side, but we’ve got to concentrate on ourselves and our home form.”

That impressive home form has seen the Blues beaten just once at the recently renamed Martin and Co Arena this season.

Conversley, promotion hopefuls Chorley have won only two of their seven games on the road, in the Conference North.

Housham expects be able to count on a fully fit squad this weekend, some of whom will be familiar with a large section of the Magpies line-up having played Evo-Stik Premier Division football last season.

But he said there is unlikely to be any additions to the squad before Saturday.