Early four-goal collapse shocks Trinity manager

Gainsboroughs Tom Davie gets a straight red card for a late tackle on Alfretons Ryan Jennings.
Gainsboroughs Tom Davie gets a straight red card for a late tackle on Alfretons Ryan Jennings.

Disappointed Gainsborough Trinity boss Dave Frecklington said he was surprised by his side’s capitulation in a 4-1 defeat at Alfreton on Saturday — just five days after the three-goal home defeat to Bradford Park Avenue.

Following the defeat at the Reds that left Trinity in the bottom three of National League North, Frecklington said: “This time last week we had four points from six games. I haven’t got a clue where the last two performances have come from. It was a big surprise.

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“To concede seven goals and be well beaten in both games is worrying. All I can do is put it down to teams being better than you.”

Trinity trailed 4-0 after 25 minutes and the match was over a minute later as Tom Davie was dismissed for a challenge on Ryan Jenning.

Frecklington added: “Apart from the crazy 20-minute spell it was pretty even. We started well, but as soon as they got their first goal we collapsed for 15 minutes.

“Then Tom gets himself sent off — and it was a red card all day. At 4-0 down with 10 men you are not going to get anything from the game.

“After that it was damage limitation and credit to the players in the second half as they dug in and showed they have got something about them to win the half 1-0.

“The way we defended and got around each other after it got to 4-0 is how we have to play every week.”

Trinity fell behind in the eighth minute when Tom Platt bundled in a Craig Westcarr cross.

Four minutes later Westcarr touched in a Brendon Daniels’ free kick before Ricardo German was given time to fire home a third and Daniels curled in a 25th-minute free kick.

Bradley Wells’ 86th-minute follow-up was barely a consolation for Trinity.