Roma named as permanent boss as Trinity hammer Bradford PA

Dominic Roma has been confirmed as permanent manager at Gainsborough Trinity
Dominic Roma has been confirmed as permanent manager at Gainsborough Trinity

Dominic Roma has been announced as the permanent manager of Gainsborough Trinity after his side finished their season on a high with a 4-1 win at Bradford Park Avenue on Saturday.

The news was announced just after the final whistle in West Yorkshire, Roma having helped steer Trinity to safety after taking over on a temporary basis from Steve Housham in March.

Three goals in the first half sealed the victory at the break as Trinity took advantage of having no pressure to end the season on a high.

Marc Newsham grabbed two either side of the interval as the Blues got the three points in Dom Roma’s last game in charge as interim manager.

Roma made wholesale changes to his Trinity side after securing their safety last weekend.

Four changes were made in total, including drop himself with a chance to be only the 26th player to register 200 league appearances for the club.

Opportunities were given to Charlie Binns, Jonathan Hedge and Matt Wilson whilst Newsham returned to the lineup.

Both sides had nothing to play for and the Blues excelled without the rather large relegation chip on their shoulders.

Trinity could have been ahead inside two minutes as Newsham drew a save out of the Avenue keeper from a tight angle with a firm shot.

The hosts were restricted to almost nothing in the first period with an inaccurate cross forcing the first save out of Hedge as he tipped it out for a corner.

Two minutes later and the Blues were ahead. Stephen Brogan whipped in a dangerous free kick to the near post which top scorer Nathan Jarman glanced into the bottom corner of the net.

Jarman and the team celebrated as if there was something to play for and following the goal they completely outclassed Avenue for he rest of the half.

Former Barnsley striker Jarman was heavily involved when Gainsborough doubled their lead 15 minutes later.

Newsham knocked down a long diagonal to Brogan who rolled it into the feet of Jarman in the box and a first time lay off was whipped into the net by Simon Russell.

On the stroke of half time the Blues got a third and a second assist from Brogan. The ex-Southport midfielder found Newsham on the penalty spot from a free-kick and he powerfully headed into the bottom corner to cap a superb first half.

It got even better nine minutes into the second-half when Newsham grabbed his second.

The ex-Boston United striker pounced after a Jake Picton cross was dropped by the keeper, drilling the shot into the ground and over the outstretched leg of the defender on the line.

Newsham should have had his hat-trick a minute later, finding himself in the box with the keeper to beat and just clipping it over the bar.

The game settled down for a while before Trinity came close to getting a fifth in the 70th minute.

Jarman turned on the halfway line and lifted a ball over the defence for Liam Davis to get on to. Davis checked back in the box and teed it up for the late coming Jarman who curled a first time shot narrowly wide.

There was still time for the to be a fifth goal but this time it went to the home side as Lamin Colley rose highest to head home a Mather cross.

It was the only blight in the Trinity performance as the Blues had deserved a clean sheet as well as running out convincing winners in their last game of the season.

Gainsborough Trinity: Hedge, Picton, Lacey, Binns, Quinn, Wilson, Davis, Russell, Newsham, Jarman, Brogan. Subs (not used): Stamp, Yates, D’Laryea, Karkach, Budtz.

Bradford Park Avenue: Jones, Wilkinson, Gordon, Dean (Scott 45), Qualter, Thornton (St Juste 65), Colley, Woodland, Chilaka (Mather 72), Mottley-Henry, King. Subs (not used): Schofield.

Goal scorers: Jarman 24, Russell 39, Newsham 44, 54; Colley 83.

Bookings: Wilson, Lacey; Dean, Woodland.

Referee: Mr P Brown.

Attendance: 345.