Relegation threatened Gainsborough taste defeat again at Worcester City

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Relegation threatened Gainsborough Trinity fell to a second straight league defeat in an all together frustrating afternoon at Aggborough.

The Blues created little of note throughout the 2-0 loss as Worcester City kept alive their dwindling hopes of a playoff push.

Gainsborough made three changes to the team defeated by Harrogate in the week as Jake Picton, Charlie Binns and Danny Forrest started.

New signing Stephen Brogan was on the bench, a day after joining the club from Southport.

On a very poor pitch, Gainsborough started as they did not want to, going behind inside four minutes.

A free-kick into the box wasn’t cleared and winger Tristan Dunkley swept home a left footed strike via the post.

The Blues were not allowed to settle in the opening exchanges and before long the defence was stretched once more.

Daniel Nti squeezed the ball past Rory Watson only to see Picton clear the ball off the line.

The moment sparked some life into the visitors and Jamie Yates looked the most likely creator as his trickery forced a corner from which Picton volleyed over.

Worcester had a goal disallowed as Nti raced clear to slot home, only to see the linesman with his flag raised.

Trinity entered the second period more positively and early on Yates came close once more.

From a Simon Russell cross the former North Ferriby man rose highest to head back across the goal, beating the keeper but unable to direct it inside the post.

The home side looked dangerous going forward as Geddes and Nti both came close from long range.

The last real chance for Gainsborough came from on loan Grimsby striker Hamish Watson, as he turned in the box before firing a shot across the goalmouth.

And as Trinity pressed for the equaliser, Worcester broke away, Dunkley teed up Nti, who forced an impressive save from Watson in goal before Micah Evans poked home.

After the game, midfielder Russell addressed the performance: “Everyone is obviously disappointed with how we played.”

“I think a big factor was the pitch but it’s the same for both sides and they probably did the basics better.”

“The early goal was so poor on our part and it gave them something to hang onto, which they did pretty well.”

“I don’t think we really looked like scoring, even when we got into certain areas we put some half decent balls across the box but were never anywhere near them and got what we deserved.”

“The Leamington game is without doubt our biggest fixture of the season and it’s a must win.”

“We’ve got nine games left and its about time we put points on the board and moved away from the bottom.”

Trinity: R Watson, Roma (c) (Davis 90), Picton, Binns, Quinn, Byrne, Russell, Toner, Beesley, Forrest (Brogan 71), Yates (H Watson 75). Not used: Lacey, Clayton.

Worcester: Boot, Rowe, Lynch, Charles, Brown, Jackman, Waldron (Evans 68) Deeney (c), Nti, Geddes, Dunkley. Not used: Evans, Wright, Sousa, Lemon, Veiga.

Goalscorers: Dunkley 4, Evans 90.

Bookings: Picton

Attendance: 518.

Referee: Mr P Graham. Assistants: Mr A Cawthorley, Mr W Smith.