Wootton’s wing wizardry helps Trinity to a point

Gainsborough Trinity v Leamington. Trinity player Jamie Wootton
Gainsborough Trinity v Leamington. Trinity player Jamie Wootton

Gainsborough Trinity forward Jamie Wootton says he’s pleased with both the point and his own performance as the Blues came from behind to earn a deserved point against Leamington.

Introduced into the starting lineup after being on the bench for the 6-0 loss to Boston United, the youngster looked impressive out on the right wing, despite being better known as a striker.

“Being on the wing gives me a bit more freedom and I see more of the ball,” he said.

“I like to get the ball at my feet, get at people and make things happen, so I enjoyed it today.”

“I thought it was a fair result in tough conditions with the wind.”

“We had chances to win it and their goalkeeper has made some good saves at the end.”

“The performance was what we needed after last week.”

“We’re rebuilding a bit of confidence and want to take that forward to (next opponents) Bradford.”

Seeking a reaction after last week’s heavy defeat, manager Steve Housham inserted Wootton and Darryn Stamp into the lineup, and the Blues had the best of the early going.

Bradley Barraclough forced Tony Breedon in the visitors’ net into action twice inside the first 10 minutes, while a superb move between Stamp and Simon Russell very nearly provided the opening goal on 14 minutes.

For all their attacking threat, Trinity continued to look susceptible at the back with Michael Leary playing as a makeshift full-back, and were made to pay on 28 minutes.

Having tested Phil Barnes on a couple of occasions, Peter Till produced an inch perfect cross to the back post, where the unmarked Lee Chilton was free to nod the ball into the back of the net to give the visitors the lead.

The goal stunned Trinity back into life.

They soon levelled through a Russell spot-kick before the break.

Wootton – who had looked impressive on the right flank – cut inside, only to be clumsily felled by Joe Magunda fractionally inside the box.

After consulting his assistant, Mr Graham pointed to the spot, and Russell maintained his perfect record, with six goals from six penalties this season to level the scores.

The referee was in the spotlight again shortly after the break, when good build up play from Stamp sprung Barraclough free of the Leamingtondefence.

In passing last man Stefan Morley, the Trinity number 10 was clearly impeded before stumbling on and overrunning the ball to Breeden – the referee adjudging that the Blues’ to have had a clear advantage.

Following that incident, the visitors battled to get a foothold, and Lee Moore gave the Blues some nervy moments with a turn and snap-shot that Dominic Roma had to be on top form to block just after the hour mark.

Despite being on the back foot, Wootton’s performance meant that the Blues still maintained a potent attacking threat on the break.

The Scunthorpe United youngster rippled the side netting with a shot on 66 minutes, and put in a fine low cross that did everything but hit an attacking player two minutes later.

In the final 10 minutes, Breedon showed why he is rated as one of the best goalkeepers in the Conference Northdivision, producing athletic saves first from Stamp’s impressive half volley and then from substitute Ash Burbeary, denying Trinity three points.

Gainsborough Trinity: Barnes, Roma, Leary, Wootton, Howe, McKenzie, Russell, Toner, Stamp, Barraclough, Winfarrah (Burbeary 76)

Not used: Martin, Williams, Karkach, Wisdom-Lockwood

Leamington: Breeden, Higgins, Morley, Magunda (McNamee 47), Daly, Mace, Dodd, Hawker, Moore, Till (Johnson 82), Chilton

Not used: W.Green, J.Green, Fenney

Goalscorers: Russell (41 PEN); Chilton (28).

Yellow: Daly (46).

Referee: Mr P. Graham.

Attendance: 422.