Gainsborough Trinity winning streak is ended at Worcester City

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Gainsborough suffered their first league defeat since November as their three match winning streak came to an end at the hands of Worcester City.

A goal in each half from the hosts was enough as they picked off Trinity twice on the counter attack.

It was not the greatest spectacle it has to be said as ever changing conditions, of wind and rain, seemingly made reading the flight and bounce of the ball difficult for both sides.

Dominance throughout the fixture only happened in small bursts with the hosts taking advantage of a five minute spell after the half hour and the Blues getting a run of chances beyond the hour but could not get themselves level.

Gainsborough manager Steve Housham kept the same team which defeated Hednesford last time out as the Blues aimed to extend their winning run in the league to four matches.

The home side started with one former Premier League striker, ex-West Brom forward Lee Hughes, and one on the bench in the shape of Deon Burton, who once plied his trade with international stars Paulo Wanchope and Fabrizio Ravanelli.

The conditions did not enable the game to get going until half an hour in as both sides struggled to get to grips with what was a swirling wind at Aggborough.

The first chance fell to the Blues though, when in the 13th minute a Stephen Brogan corner was met by Jake Picton at the far post and the former Scunthorpe youngster looped the ball back across the box for Marc Newsham to head wide.

The next effort came in the 33rd minute when Worcester began to get on top for a ten minute spell.

Hughes was the man to curl over after originally dummying past his marker.

His strike partner Shaun Harrod was next to try. The former Cheltenham forward, who failed to win a contract at Lincoln in the summer, hit a low strike wide of Jan Budtz’s near post after good work by Daniel Nti.

Nti was pivotal again a couple of minutes later when he raced onto a Sam Minihan clearance to run the length of the pitch in a swift counter attack, and put in an inch perfect cross for Hughes to power city in front with a header.

Trinity were close to being level within three minutes. Jamie Yates stepped up to take a free kick which dipped and curled onto the roof of the City net.

Simon Russell also came close before the break when he hit a low half volley from the edge of the box that left the goalkeeper scrambling to see it wide.

Following the interval it again took the game a while to get back into the swing of things.

On the hour mark came the next opening for either side and it was Trinity that were doing all the running.

A raking ball from Picton found Yates at the far post and the former Burton midfielder found Jarman in the box to clear the crossbar with a first time effort.

A minute later and Russell tried once more from the edge of the box with curling strike that whistled by the post.

The best chance for the Blues to get level came in the 70th minute when Jarman turned his man in the penalty area when controlling the ball out of the air. On his left foot he forced the City keeper into a save at his near post.

The Blues continued to press and ended with four up front in their pursuit of an equaliser but it was the potency of the Worcester counter attack that sealed the three points.

Eddie Nelson-Addy got the second for the hosts when after a one-two with Burton, he drilled home from the edge of the box.

Gainsborough Trinity: Budtz, Roma, Lacey, Brogan, D’Laryea, Picton, Russell, Davis (Drury 79), Newsham (Wilson 64), Jarman, Yates (Stamp 86). Subs (not used): Hedge, Binns.

Worcester City: Ross, Minihan, Jackman, Sharpe, Morris, Nelson-Addy, Nti, Deeney, Hughes (Burton 79), Harrad (Gater 67), Dunkley (Waldron 74). Subs (not used): Geddes, Vaughan.

Goalscorers: Hughes 38, Nelson-Addy 87.

Bookings: Roma, Picton; Hughes, Deeney.

Referee: Mr M. D’Aguilar.

Attendance: 530.