Stamp says belief has boosted Blues, after late brace saves a point against Gloucester

Action from Gainsborough Trinity v Gloucester at the Northolme. Trinity manager Steve Housham.
Action from Gainsborough Trinity v Gloucester at the Northolme. Trinity manager Steve Housham.

A new found belief in the Gainsborough Trinity squad has helped them dig their way out of deep relegation trouble.

Two late Darryn Stamp goals secured a point at home to Gloucester on Monday, making it eight points – and no defeats – from their last four outings.

Wins over Bradford Park Avenue and Tamworth and draws against AFC Fylde and Gloucester pushed Trinity up to 46 points, eight clear of the drop zone.

Assistant manager Stamp, the Easter Monday hero, said he and boss Steve Housham have tried to instill confidence and belief in their squad.

Speaking after his point-saving brace, he told the Standard: “You can’t complain with that after coming on for a cameo.”

“I asked the boys in the changing rooms whether they thought we could get something from the game when we were 2-0 down and everyone believed we would.”

“That’s what me and the manager have been trying to get into the squad at the moment.”

“A lot of games over the last two seasons when we have gone a goal or two down, the game has been done and dusted for us.”

“Today I genuinely thought we would get something and I know that is easier to say in hindsight but I genuinely did.”

The veteran striker insisted Gloucester were their own worst enemy, provoking a response from him after his introduction in the second half.

“When I came on, their centre halves have wound me right up,” he said.

“They tried to get into me with their elbows and a load of mouth and I though ‘Come on then, let’s have it!’”

“They wanted a battle and luckily it paid off.”

“If you wind the clock back before the Fylde game, we were in the proverbial.”

“We’ve got eight points in the last week and if you take those away we would be in the relegation zone.”

“So I’m delighted for the lads and we can look to build now.”

Trinity travel to midtable Stockport County on Saturday hoping to stretch their unbeaten run to five games.