Trinity ‘owe the fans’ in FA cup tie

Gainsborough Trinity v Bradford PA. Shirt sponsors John Bradbury from GML and Nick Tinker from Elite Signs with John Myskiw and Darren Ashley G131111-1f
Gainsborough Trinity v Bradford PA. Shirt sponsors John Bradbury from GML and Nick Tinker from Elite Signs with John Myskiw and Darren Ashley G131111-1f

Gainsborough chairman Nick Tinker says that the club “owes one to the fans” ahead of their FA Cup Second Qualifying Round Fixture with Farsley on Saturday.

Talking ahead of the clash with the West Yorkshire side, Tinker believes the club still needs to make amends with their loyal fan base after being kicked out of last seasons competition for fielding an ineligible player.

He said: “We are very much exited about Saturday’s game especially after last years exit.”

“I think we owe it to the fans to give it a 100% after the disappointment of being taken out last season because of the FA not receiving the email.”

The infamous email contained confirmation of the loan of Jordan Thomas from Lincoln City but the FA did not ratify it in time despite the Football Conference confirming the deal could go ahead.

Tinker, in his first season as chairman, continued: “As a fan at the time I was absolutely deflated.”

“It meant a lot to the club financially in a year where we was having to stand on our own two feet, which was a big change.”

“To lose that financial reward was devastating for the club.”

A year on the club head into the tie with Farsley in a much better place.

They sit pretty in mid table after 10 games and remain unbeaten at home.

Their opposition, however, are two divisions below the Blues in the First Division of the Evo Stik North.

Despite this the team known as ‘The Villagers’ have comfortably won two ties to reach this stage of the competition, including upsetting local rivals Frickley Athletic.

Trinity chairman Tinker was under no illusions about the difficulty of the threat they pose.

He said: “We will be favourites come the weekend but normally we are the underdogs and we win as many as we lose.”

“Farsley have got this far because they are a good team and Trinity will not underestimate them as we know they will be coming here to win.”

“To come this far in the competition is not an accident.”

Farsley are likely to field a current international in the form of Gibraltar forward Adam Priestley in the tie on Saturday and currently sit seventh in their league, 44 places below the Blues in the football pyramid.

Last time the two clubs were pitted against each other in the competition, Gainsborough came out 3-0 winners in a replay, enough to see them through to face Brentford in the first round proper.

The chairman is already hoping the feat can be repeated this season.

He said: “I would like to think this year we can make it all the way to the first round and that is our ambition, that is the goal we have.”

Gainsborough will be hoping to kick start a good cup run this Saturday and aim to reach the first round for the first time since 2007, where they faced Hartlepool United.

The game kicks off at 3pm at the Gainsborough Martin and Co Arena.