BRIAN Little says Trinity were unlucky not to come away with something from Tuesday’s visit to third-placed Telford.
Gavin Cowan was both the hero and villain after his own goal put the Bucks in front after two minutes.
Andy Brown made it two before Cowan got one back, but Gainsborough were unable to find a reply.
Little told the Standard: “Apart from when we went two down, I thought we looked solid and were very resilient.”
“We put them under pressure and had them worried. We more than matched them; the effort was first class, but it’s a pity we couldn’t get a result.”
Prior to the game, Bucks’ boss Andy Sinton told a local paper that his players would ‘respect’ a Trinity side reinforced by the return of Paul Mayo and Luke Waterfall.
However, it was Gainsborough who gave the hosts too much respect when they gifted them an early goal.
Former Telford man Cowan inadvertently deflected a corner past Phil Barnes to give his old club the lead.
The hosts went on to dominate with Mark Preece and Greg Mills missing headers and Barnes denying both Adam Proudlock and Phil Trainer before Brown slotted in Telford’s second.
But Cowan redeemed himself by pulling one back with a free header, while Brown hit the post for the Bucks before half-time.
Shane Killcock had an effort cleared off the line which came back out off the crossbar after the restart as the hosts looked to extend their advantage.
Clear-cut chances were few and far between in the second half as the Blues kept within striking distance.
But despite pressurising Telford late on, Trinity were unable to find an equaliser.
Gainsborough travel to play Harrogate Town on Saturday with a point to prove and a score to settle.
On their last visit to the CNG Stadium, the Blues lost 2-0 and produced a performance described by Little as ‘the worst ever seen’ in his 40 years of management.
Trinity were also beaten 3-1 by Town on the Northolme last month and will be looking to avenge that defeat.
AFC Telford: McCarey, Salmon, Newton, Rodgers, Preece, Killock, Mills (Gwynne 81), Trainer, Proudlock, Brown, Adams. Not used: Whitehead, Platt, Pitt, Meechan.
Gainsborough Trinity: Barnes, Spafford, Peat, Cowan, Boyce, Mayo, Davies, Williams, Kendall, McMahon, Aiston (Mettam 74). Not used: Waterfall, Beckett, Clarke, Greaves.
Referee: Mark Ackerman.
Scorers: Cowan OG 2, Brown 25; Cowan 32.
MOTM: Gavin Cowan.