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Alex Simmons
Alex Simmons

Goalkeeper Jon Stewart earned his manager’s praise as Gainsborough Trinity moved up to fourth in the Northern Premier League.

Trinity won 3-1 at Hyde United at the start of three tough away fixtures in a week.

On a 4G pitch and in a strong wind, Ross Hannah fired Trinity into a 15th minute lead and nine minutes into the second period Alex Simmons doubled the advantage, finishing off a fine breakaway.

Ross Daly quickly pulled one back for the home side after a goalmouth scramble, but Alex Byrne made the points safe in injury-time shortly after going close with another shot.

However, it needed several fine saves from keeper Stewart to make sure of the three points.

Manager Lee Sinnott said: “We know what Jon is capable of. He is a fine keeper and that instills confidence in the rest of the team.

“It was a very good all-round performance. His kicking was good against the wind and he came for crosses well.”

Sinnott said his side weathered the stormy conditions and a Hyde fightback.

“I am thoroughly delighted. The players had to dig in at times and the conditions had an effect on the game, although the wind died down a bit as the game went on,” he said.

“We managed the conditions well in the first half against the strong wind.

“There was a real test when they scored but we stood firm and weathered it.”

Keeper Stewart added: “I am in the goals to make saves and that is my job. I had plenty to do.”

Goalscorer Byrne said: “It was tough on the astro (surface) and because of the wind, but we dug in.

“It was a great three points on the road.

“I was ecstatic to score (at the end).”

Trinity travel to Marine on Tuesday before a trip to fellow promotion candidates South Shields on Saturday.