Gainsborough Trinity boss Steve Housham is hoping his side’s impressive cup victory over Boston United won’t lead to history repeating itself in the worst way.
Paul Beesley netted a hat-trick as Trinity swept aside their neighbours and fellow Conference North rivals – who had a man sent off late on – 3-1 in the quarter-final of the Lincolnshire Senior Cup on Tuesday night.
But Housham now hopes this won’t lead to lightning striking twice for his team.
“We beat Boston in the quarter-finals of the county cup this time last year too and everyone got very excited for the season to come,” he said.
“However, we then went and promptly lost our first six league games, so I won’t get too carried away about our win this year.”
“Hopefully, history will not be repeating itself and I’m sure it won’t.”
“It was a great win and a very good performance by us and I thought we worked very hard and looked impressive.”
Trinity will now face Conference Premier side Grimsby Town in the semi-final at The Northolme on Saturday (2nd August, kick-off 3pm) and Housham is looking forward to the game.
“I know their manager Paul Hurst well and it will be great to have them down here,” he continued.
“It will be another very good workout for the team and will help sharpen us up even more ready for the season.”
Housham has also made two new signings with midfielder Charlie Binns and striker Nathan Plumtree both joining on non-contract terms.
“Charlie came on against Boston and looked a good skilful player who will add a lot to our side,” said Housham.
“Nathan is a local lad who has basically been playing pub football up until now but he has shown real ambition and a great attitude.”
“There will be other players in and around Gainsborough who will wonder why they haven’t been taken on from the local league scene, but none of theme have shown the same attitude and determination Nathan has.”
“He has been to every training session, every game, worked really hard and he deserves his chance.”