BRIAN Little says the current top five clubs in the Blue Square Bet North are untouchable.
His remarks came after Tuesday night’s 2-1 home defeat to Nuneaton.
First-half goals from Adam Walker and Mark Noon left the Blues with an uphill task before Leon Mettam got one back in the second period.
However, Town hung on to go top and leave Gainsborough 20 points adrift of the playoffs.
“The top five are just out there on their own at the moment,” said Little.
“They’re (Nuneaton) a good side, well-organised and they believe in themselves, so we knew it would be tough.
“I wasn’t disappointed with the first half performance, I just felt we defended poorly, giving two sloppy goals away.”
He added: “I’m disappointed now because in the second half we held our own against them and had we been a little more resolute in the first half, we might have got something.”
Trinity, unchanged from Saturday’s win at Redditch, matched high-flyers Nuneaton in the early exchanges.
But they were undone on 21 minutes when Walker pounced on Barnes’ superb close-range parry to fire in a low drive.
The Blues pressed after conceding, but failed to test away keeper Danny Allcock.
Town came storming back and forced a series of corners before grabbing a second goal.
Defender Noon headed in from cross just before half-time to leave Gainsborough with a mountain to climb.
Little brought on Mettam and Mark Greaves for the second-half, and on the hour mark Mettam pounced from inside the area to make it 2-1.
Trinity upped the tempo, but Barnes was forced to save from Danny Spencer and produced a brilliant stop to tip over James Armson’s long-range shot.
Kendall then went close to scoring when his flick-on from Lewis McMahon’s free-kick sailed just over the bar.
Despite some intense late pressure from Gainsborough, Boro clung on.
Trinity host Solihull Moors on Saturday and Blyth Spartans on Tuesday.
Trinity: Barnes, Williams, Robinson, Cowan, Waterfall, Boyce (Greaves 45), Aiston, Kendall, Beckett (Mettam 45), McMahon, Peat. Not used: Clarke, Mayo, Davies.
Town: Allcock, Armson, Forsdick, Noon, Dean, Walker, Marsden (Christie 80), Storer, Spencer (Dillon 80), Moore, Hadland. Not used: Matthews, Sharif, Burns.
Referee: A Tankard.
Yellows: Williams 36, Boyce 45; Hadland 15.
Scorers: Mettam 60; Walker 21, Noon 42.
MOM: Nathan Peat.