Gainsborough Trinity secure Vanarama Conference North safety with impressive win at Stockport County

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Gainsborough secured their Conference North status thanks to an enthralling 3-1 victory at Edgeley Park.

A Chris Hamilton double and Danny Forrest header made it three away victories in a row for the Blues as they made themselves uncatchable for the bottom teams.

It was an excellent performance from Trinity, as they took advantage of a team who had little to play for the rest of the season.

The raw pace of Hamilton caused stress and anguish at the heart of the County defence throughout the 90 minutes.

They could not handle the desire and skill the Sheffield United loanee had to offer.

Manager Steve Housham made four changes to the team that clinched a dramatic point against Gloucester.

Adam Quinn missed out through injury whilst the offensive trio in the midfield of Jamie Yates, Stephen Brogan and Forrest returned.

The Blues started proceedings well, passing the ball with all the confidence four unbeaten games gives you.

Jamie Yates was the first to set his sights on the Stockport goal when he cut in and curled an effort over the bar.

Moments later it was the home side’s turn to try their luck.

Kristian Dennis let fly from range but dragged it wide before Danny Glover got in on the act by sending one over the bar.

Stockport were restricted to efforts from range and they made it seem that they were only after wonder strikes.

Dennis almost caught Watson out with a looping header before the Blues took the lead.

Hamilton received a pass from Simon Russell five yards inside the Stockport half, accelerated past two men and cut inside, before chipping the goalkeeper from eight yards.

It was a moment of genius from the youngster who showed why his parent club had recently offered him a new deal.

The goal ignited the game and on the 50 minute mark, Hamilton rattled the woodwork.

At this point you felt Stockport would get something from the game as Scott Spencer headed home from a Glover cross.

But after slick interchanges in midfield, Yates cut onto his right foot and arced a pinpoint cross for the late run of Forrest who cushioned a header into the net.

Hamilton and his pace caught out Stockport captain Mark Lees and he tried to round the goalkeeper, who got a touch, and as Brogan was about to pull the trigger, he slipped.

As the game ticked over to injury time, there was Hamilton again.

He took advantage of miscommunication at the back and rolled the ball into the net, despite the best attempts of the Lees.

The linesman flagged for the goal and it gave Gainsborough their 11th point from their last five games.

Trinity: Watson, Roma (c), Lacey, Binns, Byrne, Picton, Russell, Forrest, Brogan, Hamilton, Yates. Subs (not used): Stamp, Davie, Beesley, Davis, Martin.

County: Hurst, Jacobs, Duxbury, Churchman, Lees (c), O’Halloran, Moses, Glover, Spencer, Dennis, Ryan. Subs (not used): Lofthouse, Ormson, Sharp, Russell, Benjamin.

Goalscorers: Spencer 53; Hamilton 40, 90, Forrest 58

Yellow Cards: Lees, Churchman

Attendance: 2504

Referee: Mr G Hart. Assistants: Mr C Ellis, Mr S Sugden.