MATCH REPORT: Stalybridge Celtic 0 Gainsborough Trinity 0

Dom Roma
Dom Roma

New Gainsborough manager Dom Roma completed the set as his Trinity side claimed a point in a game played in horrendous conditions at Bower Fold, to add to a victory and a defeat in his opening three games at the helm.

In a game of minimal chances, the weather took the headlines as strong winds and a severe downpour in the final stages arguably could have seen the game abandoned had it happened earlier in the fixture.

One enforced change to the Trinity lineup from the narrow defeat at Lowestoft was the return of player manager Dom Roma in place of the injured Stephen Brogan.

Roma had previously stated his intent to not feature for the Blues for the rest of the campaign but a lack of bodies meant he would appear in a Trinity shirt sooner than expected.

The former Sheffield United youngster certainly chose his time to play with up to 40mph winds predicted in the Greater Manchester area.

Playing against the wind in the first half, the Blues were rarely threatened in the opening 45 minutes.

Only chance for Celtic came in the sixth minute when Chris Simm through a hopeful leg out at a long ball and the wind took the flight of the ball onto the roof of the net.

Roma, Quinn et al read every ball that came their way and if they left it Jan Budtz was always alert to clear his lines.

Trinity came the closest in the first half through captain Nathan Jarman. The former Ferriby man latched onto a through ball, saw the keeper off his line and was a width of a crossbar from putting the Blues ahead with an exquisite chip.

The weather vastly deteriorated after the interval and chances were still a rare thing.

Celtic centre half John Shaw tried an overhead kick in an attempt to earn the three points but it was easily gobbled up by Budtz.

Liam Davis won a corner when his side volley was deflected out for a corner after good forward play by Jarman.

The heavens opened with 20 minutes left to play and it was at the point of being unplayable as it lashed down at Bower Fold.

Trinity did have a late chance to take the points but Jarman’s free kick was deflected over the crossbar.

After the match, Roma was really pleased with his sides display.

He said: “Very good away point today. We spoke it earlier in the week how difficult it is to come here. I’ve played against Liam Watson’s sides numerous times in this league and I knew what to expect. It would be a game of winning second balls and making sure we keep our shape to be nice and compact so I was really pleased with today.

“In this league you need to have that in you to win games or get points like today was. First half we had Jarmo’s bit of quality which hit the bar and they did not cause us any problems. Second half the win died down a little bit and let them in slightly as the ball was not holding up. I thought ‘here we go’ when Jarmo had the free kick at the end but I’m really pleased with today.”

Gainsborough Trinity: Budtz, Roma, Lacey, D’Laryea, Quinn, Picton, Yates (Hodge 69), Russell, Reid (Newsham 69), Jarman, Davis. Subs (not used): Stamp, Binns, Hedge.

Stalybridge Celtic: McMillan, Wylie, Wisdom, Shaw, Higgins, Mudimu, Joyce, Wright, Simm, Farrell (Tames 58), McKenna. Subs (not used): Crowley, Chippendale, Chalmers, Burns.

Bookings: Hodge, Higgins, Shaw.

Referee: Jane Simms.

Attendance: 484.