Tough run of games in relegation battle

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Gainsborough Trinity’s fight for National League North survival begins at play-off chasing Tamworth on Saturday — and it doesn’t get any easier after that.

Trinity, who have nine matches remaining, then go to Halifax before entertaining Darlington, who are both also chasing promotion.

Two more sides at the top, Chorley (away) and Stockport County (home) then follow.

Frecklington said the club needed to adopt a siege mentality to survive.

“We are in survival mode. If we are going to compete we have to adopt a siege mentality.

“We are in the trenches and it is time to realise we are in a battle.”

Frecklington, happy with his side’s performance in the 2-1 home defeat by leaders AFC Fylde, said: “The boys were gutted to lose but it has given them more belief going forward that, if we can perform like that against Fyld, we can perform like that in the last nine games. On the law of averages you can’t keep putting that workrate, desire and commitment in without getting wins.

“They have raised the bar. They know the levels they have set and we can’t drop below that.”