Toughest time

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BRIAN Little admits he is enduring his most challenging season in management, as Trinity try to avoid their first ever relegation.

Gainsborough have seven games to secure their safety; but with four of those against top six sides, the odds are not in their favour.

Little though has vowed to continue and fight to end.

“It’s been the most awkward season I’ve ever known in football,” he told the Standard.

“Everything we touch seems to go wrong, but we’ll keep trying.”

“Pete (Swann, chairman) wants me to work with what I’ve got and that’s what I’ll do.”

The former Villa boss had an exchange with a supporter and then words with match referee Ricky Wootton in the aftermath of Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Hinckley.

His assistant Gavin Ward, who had a spat with some Blues’ fans at Harrogate, was also spoken to by Wootton for his dissent during the game.

While 57-year-old Little refused to blame the official for the loss, he said the referee did his team no favours.

“I wasn’t remonstrating with him,” said Little of the post-match incident.”

“I just had a chat to him and suggested he could be a little more pleasant.”

“That’s not a criticism of him, but I thought he resorted himself to little bit below what he should have.”

In recent weeks, the Blues have seen a 12 point safety gap cut to just three following four consecutive losses.

Both Stafford Rangers and Hyde, who Trinity host on 2nd April, are within striking distance of Little’s men and have games in hand.

Little admits his team are feeling the heat of being embroiled in a relegation battle: “You know they (Stafford and Hyde) are there and it is a worry.”

“The important thing is we’ve got them underneath us at the moment, but we’ve got to believe that we can win some football matches.”

“We were unlucky on Saturday.”

“But there is no doubt that we’re in a poor position.”

“All we can do is just keep trying,” he added.

Gainsborough face Worcester City on the Northolme this weekend in what is a must-win game for Little and his players.

Trinity won 2-1 at Worcester on the opening day of the season – a victory that could go a long way towards determining their fate.

The Blues will also be keeping a check on events from Hyde’s trip to promotion hopefuls Alfreton Town and Stafford’s match at in-form Eastwood Town.