‘Great result but it’s not over’

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BRIAN Little admitted he was relieved to see Trinity beat relegation rivals Hyde on Saturday, ending a five-match losing streak, but insists the relegation battle is far from over.

The ex-Leicester City boss warned supporters that Gainsborough are still not safe from the drop, despite their come-from-behind win on the Northolme.

Little told the Standard that his side will need to take points from their last five games to be assured of Blue Square North safety.

“It’s a great result but it’s not over,” he said.

“I’m pleased we’ve won and pleased for the lads, but I’ve reminded them that we’ve got some very tough games to come. So we need to keep focused and try to get more points.”

The Blues looked to be heading for a sixth straight loss and a place in the bottom two as they trailed to a first-half goal.

But with time running out, Trinity pressed hard and were rewarded when Ryan Kendall nodded them level in the 75th-minute.

Minutes later, Gainsborough struck again through Andrew Boyce to complete an unlucky turnaround and earn only their third home success of the season.

“The result was all important,” said Little. “At one point I would have taken a draw, but once we got level we believed we could win the game.

“It’s been a hard session for everybody, but I thought we were better than them and I think we deserved to win.”

With so much at stake, emotions and tensions flared over refereeing decisions which might change the game and, potentially, the fate of either club.

One of them – a failed penalty appeal after Leon Mettam was fouled – resulted in the sending-off of Blues’ assistant manager Gavin Ward on 80 minutes.

While Little said his number two had learned a ‘lesson’ from it, he praised Ward for his act of commitment and devotion to the club.

“Gav was arguing about a penalty that we perhaps should have had,” he explained. “He made a mistake, but he probably wasn’t wrong – it could have been a penalty.”

“It’s a lesson for Gav; his first role as an assistant for me should be concentrating on our defending side. I need him to be shouting at the defenders to be alive and alert.”

He added: “We’ve had a few decisions go against us again. But you can’t spend time dwelling on it, you’ve got to concentrate on what happens after.”