Blues cruise into the next round of the FA Cup

Gainsborough Standard Sport Logo, Gainsborough Trinity
Gainsborough Standard Sport Logo, Gainsborough Trinity

Gainsborough comfortably cruised through to the next round of the FA Cup after hitting Farsley for four.

The Blues took an early lead through a sweetly struck Ciaran Toner volley and never looked like relinquishing the lead.

Further goals from Liam Davis, captain Dominic Roma and Simon Russell completed the rout in a match which Trinity chairman Nick Tinker described before the game as one they owed to the fans.

It was a dominant display at times but Farsley performed to a higher standard than their league position.

After the game, Blues boss Steve Housham believed that the result flattered his team’s performance.

He said: “The main thing was getting into Monday’s draw and I don’t think that the performance was vintage.”

“The finishing was clinical though and that was the difference in the game.”

“Farsley were a very good footballing side and posed us a few problems.”

“In the end I think we should have stepped it up a gear but that was what disappointed me.”

The Blues started brightly, a trait which has been alien to them of late.

Only eight minutes had passed before they grabbed the lead.

A Darryn Stamp flick on fell perfectly into the path of Ciaran Toner, who looked at the keeper’s positioning before volleying a looping volley into the back of the net.

This was what the team and the fans needed, it settled the nerves in the stadium.

Speaking after the game, goalscorer Toner said: “It fell nicely for me and I was confident in my technique.”

“It all started with the run for me. Taking the opportunity to gamble in behind the defence and that’s what it is all about, making those runs.”

Not long after the opening goal Trinity were two up.

Simon Russell was to thank, as his industry in the opposition box left him with time to pick out Davis at the far post.

Davis, who was playing in a free role behind the front two, had plenty of time to compose himself before placing his effort past the keeper at his near post.

The Blues now seemed to have the weight completely lifted off their shoulders as they began to switch the play with confidence.

The game was sealed ten minutes after half time as a rare goal from Roma and a clinical finish from Russell capped off an impressive attacking display.

Toner continued: “When we put the ball forward we were clinical today.”

“It is what we need in the division which we are in and I think we have the players to do it.”

Housham was delighted with the professionalism that Toner and the rest of the older players showed in a game which Trinity were heavy favourites.

“These young lads which we’ve got have got to look to these sorts of players and take hints from them because they work and would run through brick walls for you.”

“They’ve got to watch them and get advice from these players because they are true professionals and a credit to the club.”

Trinity go into their third home game on the bounce next Saturday after two straight wins.

Gainsborough Trinity: Budtz. Roma ©, Salt, Picton, Lacey, Binns, Toner (Roberts 65), Russell, Davis (Higginson 76), Stamp (Lobjoit 72), Beesley. Subs (not used): Davie, Roberts,Martin, Emery.

Farsley AFC: Taylor, Hardy, Serrant, O’Brien ©, Riley, Harris, Nightingale, Daly, Edwards, Savory (Priestley 65), St Juste (Grant 74). Subs (not used): Hewitt, Dempsey, Lofthouse.

Gainsborough Goalscorers: Toner 8, Davis 23, Roma 49, Russell 55.

Farsley Goalscorer: Nightingale 78.

Attendance: 343.