Blues in goalless draw at Harrogate

Blue Square Bet North play-off final. Gainsborough Trinity v Nuneaton Town. Trinity player Ryan Kendall G120513-5c
Blue Square Bet North play-off final. Gainsborough Trinity v Nuneaton Town. Trinity player Ryan Kendall G120513-5c

Gainsborough achieved their first point away from home since August, as they held out for a goalless draw on a chilly evening in North Yorkshire.

Chances were few and far between as both teams failed to spring into life, seemingly wary of falling to another defeat.

Weekend defeats to Worcester and Chorley respectively were clearly on the minds of the players, as they tried to avoid successive defeats in what is looking an increasingly tight Vanarama Conference North division this season.

Harrogate in particular semed nervous and Trinity dealt with the threat from former Bradford City striker Jamie Speight with ease.

The former football league forward rarely threatened.

Speight’s only real effort of note fell within the first 10 minutes of the match as he flashed an effort wide of Trinity’s goal.

His evening came to an end when former Trinity front man Ryan Kendall made an entrance, but he too was unable to find the net for the home side.

There was not much more action in the remaining 80 minutes as Gainsborough resiliently held out for their first clean sheet since defeating Bradford Park Avenue on the last Saturday of August.

The Blues still could have nicked it towards the end, but Paul Beesley just could not stretch enough to put away a dangerous cross as Gainsborough pressed to take all three points from the CNG Stadium.

Trinity will be hoping to bounce back from their first home defeat of the season against Worcester, when they face Marine of the Northern Premier League in the Third Qualifying Round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

Marine are struggling so far this season, and sit 22nd in their division.

While Trinity were engaging in a goalless draw, the Liverpudlian side were going down 2-1 at Nantwich Town.

In the previous FA Cup quaifying round, Marine ousted Ossett Town, 2-1.

Andrew Fowler has five goals to his credit for Marine this season.

Harrogate Town: Barnes, Coyle, Meynell, Featherstone, Killock (Bloomer 82), Heath, Kerry, Nowakowski (Nelthorpe 61), Speight (Kendall 71), Walshaw, Rowe. Subs: Hassan, Metcalfe.

Gainsborough Trinity: Budtz, Roma ©, Lacey (Davie 44), Quinn, Picton, Binns, Russell, Toner, Davis, Bateson (Roberts 78), Beesley (Lobjoit 85). Subs: Salt, Higginson.

Attendance: 291.