Manager Dave Frecklington said he couldn’t have asked for any more from his players after Gainsborough Trinity slipped into the bottom three following a 2-1 home defeat to National League North leaders AFC Fyld.
Frecklington, who strengthened his squad in midweek, praised his side’s desire, workrate and commitment after the 2-1 home defeat.
“I was delighted with the performance,” he said.
“The newboys that came into the group were excellent and gave us a real lift. Our game-plan worked to perfection and our attention to detail was first class as was our workrate, desire and committment, all the attributes you need to win a football match — they were there in abundance.”
Fyld, who now top the table with a remarkable 73 points from 33 games, took a 41st minute lead through Danny Rowe’s 40th goal of the campaign. The prolific striker capitalised on a mistake by keeper Tom Nicholson to lob in.
In the second half Jordan Thewliss won and converted a 54th minute penalty.
It looked as though Trinity might claim an unlikely point, but the unlucky Ioan Evans deflected in a 74th minute Rowe shot to hand the leaders the points.
Trinity, who have not won since a fine display at Harrogate in January, were pushed into the relegation zone by Worcester’s draw at Nuneaton.
“The pleasing thing was our response when we went 1-0 down,” said Frecklington.
“It was a poor goal to give away, the keeper knows he should do better and has held his hands up.
“We regrouped at half-time and said look, let’s go and replicate what we have done in the first half.
“If we could do that with a bit more quality in the final third then we could cause them problems — and I thought we did.
“Our goal was a great goal, the first time we had a bit of quality in the final third. Fom then on it was game on. I thought we were the better team and well worthy of a point.
“It was a brilliant performance, and that’s the benchmark going into the last nine games. If we keep showing that kind of endeavour and that kind of performance, there is no way we will get relegated — not a chance.”