Trinity pick up first win of the new season over 10 man Celtic

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Gainsborough earned their first win of the season in a pulsating three one victory over Stalybridge in the National League North.

A first goal for Trinity for Nathan Jarman, was followed by a deft Charlie Binns volley and a piledriver from Nick Bignall sealed the three points for the Blues ahead of a tough trip to last year’s National League relegated side, Telford on Saturday.

Gainsborough made two changes to the side that came from two goals down to draw with Fylde on Saturday.

Charlie Binns dropped to the bench and assistant manager Darryn Stamp was left out altogether.

Within the first minute, Trinity had two corners and this set the tone for the night’s proceedings.

It was not long before the visitors rattled the crossbar and Jarman had his first attempt of the evening.

Fifteen minutes in and Celtic were reduced to 10 men. Chris Simm, who scored a couple in the meeting on the last day of the season, was given his marching orders for leading with an elbow into an aerial challenge with Dominic Roma.

In the aftermath Matt Wilson and Bohan Dixon were booked for an altercation on the touchline which threatened to boil over.

Trinity came close to taking the lead immediately after as Jarman unleashed a shot which went across goal and wide of the mark.

Celtic were far from done though, as centre-half Jack Higgins headed wide in a good position from a free-kick and Dixon came close.

Gainsborough took advantage of the extra man in the 36th minute, as on the counter attack, Bignall accelerated away from his marker and curled in a dangerous low cross for Jarman to turn home.

Stalybridge had further chances to level before the break with the pick of the bunch being a Dixon strike which zipped off the sodden surface and forced Jan Budtz into a smart stop.

At the break, the carded Wilson was replaced by Binns in midfield.

The substitute took control in midfield and slowed the game down, allowing Trinity to have greater possession in the second half.

The chances slowed but on the hour, Jake Picton had a header cleared off the line from a free-kick.

With fifteen minutes to go, the Blues were able to extend their lead.

A mistimed header from a cross fell perfectly into the path of the late run of Binns and he dispatched a volley into the top corner with aplomb.

The pressure was eased on the shoulders of the players and within a couple of minutes Bignall added to the lead with a strike from 25 yards that flew into the net.

Celtic did have time to get a consolation through substitute Adam Farrell in the closing stages of an enthralling encounter.

Match facts

Gainsborough Trinity: Budtz, Roma (c), Lacey, Wilson, Quinn, Picton, Davis, D’Laryea, Bignall, Jarman, Yates. Subs (Not used): Newsham, Brogan, Karkach, Rigby, Binns.

Stalybridge Celtic: McMillan, Wylie, Chippendale, Hughes (c), Higgins, Shaw, Dixon, Wright, Simm, Johnson, Chalmers. Subs (not used): Farrell, McKenna, Tames, Lingouba, Hill.

Goalscorers: Jarman 36, Binns 76, Bignall 80.

Stalybridge Goalscorer: Farrell 82.

Yellow Cards: Wilson; Dixon.

Red Card: Simm.

Attendance: 354.

Referee: Mr A Greenwood. Assistants: Mr J Suchecki, Mr N Hawksby.