Red hot Trinity debut for Scunthorpe legend Cliff Byrne

Gainsborough Trinity (in Blue Kit) playing Solihull Moors (Red & White kit) at gainsborough.
Gainsborough Trinity (in Blue Kit) playing Solihull Moors (Red & White kit) at gainsborough.

Gainsborough signed defender Cliff Byrne last Thursday and the former Scunthorpe United legend made an instant impact in the Conference North two days later.

Within eight minutes Byrne got himself on the scoresheet, thumping a header past the Solihull goalkeeper to open the scoring in a 3-1 victory.

It was not just the goal which made him a fans favourite straight away, with his all round defensive performance showing the Blues why he has played at every level up to the Championship in English football.

Speaking after the game, Irishman Byrne was delighted with the start he made at the Martin and Co Arena.

He said: “I am pleased to get on the scoresheet today but more importantly we got the three points and we deserved them as well.”

“We carried the spirit from Thursday’s training into the game, maybe rode our luck once or twice with the keeper making some good saves but we created plenty of chances and at the end of the day stuck three in the net.”

Byrne has signed a pay-as-you-play deal with the club for a manager he used to play alongside at Glanford Park.

“I’ve been in regular contact with Steve over the past few years having played with each other during our Scunthorpe days,” he said.

“It’s come off this week. I am happy to be on board. Steve was happy to have me on board and as long as we keep getting results I’m sure everyone will be happy.”

He refused to be drawn on his future intentions, but insisted he was as much in love with the game as ever, and happy to contribute in some way to Gainsborough’s battle to avoid relegation this season.

“It’s not as clear cut as staying for the rest of the season but I love playing football.”

“Saturday three o’clock is where its at, regardless of what level you are at.”

“I’ve walked in here, along with everyone else and we have to meet it head on.”

“It could last for one game or until the end of the season, I’m more than happy to play a big or small part in that.”

“It’s a group here which is enthusiastic and wants to win games and I don’t think you can ask for any more than that.”

Housham was delighted with the impact his new defender made, saying Byrne’s arrival at the club was timely.

“I think Cliff has come in at just the right time.”

“He’s a character, he can organise things and he will put his head where it hurts, like he did for the goal.”

Trinity are at home to Hyde on Saturday (3pm) and Harrogate Town next Tuesday night (7.45pm).