A Darryn Stamp goal eight minutes from time sealed a fantastic recovery from Gainsborough as they came from behind to defeat Stalybridge.
Stamp bundled home in the 82nd minute after Celtic keeper Lewis King spilled a Billy Lobjoit attempt at the feet of the veteran striker.
The goal was all that Trinity deserved after playing the visitors off the park for large periods of the game and in particular the second half.
The game was a great advertisement for Non League Football and midfielder Simon Russell, who was the architect of the winning goal, was rightly elated with the result.
He said: “I enjoyed the game, despite the first half but in the second it was probably the best half of the season.”
“We were absolutely brilliant and to be fair I thought we ran them into the ground.”
After winning the ball in midfield, he successfully held off three Stalybridge men, before slotting the ball through for Lobjoit’s effort.
The former Lincoln and York midfielder received some stick at the final whistle from the kit man for his part in the goal.
He said: “The kit man has accused me of having Velcro on my boots as the ball always seems to stick to me.”
“You just put the effort in to try and win the ball back and make something happen.”
“I got a bit of luck and Stampy had a clever dink over the keeper for the finish.”
Gainsborough boss Steve Housham echoed these words about his assistant manager.
He said: “He’s a good character for us, he’s a non league legend.”
“Legends are in or around the right area and he was at the end.”
Stamp’s goal turned the table on a game which saw the Blues behind after only three minutes.
A well worked corner routine allowed Liam Dickinson to rifle home from the edge of the box after losing his man.
Housham was not best pleased with the start.
He said: “I thought we set the tone in the opening exchanges but we should have defended that goal better.”
“We were against it then for 20 minutes but I told the team at half time to be patient and the goal will come.”
The goal did thanks to Paul Beesley, who volleyed home emphatically from the edge of the penalty area
It was the former Harrogate man’s third of the season.
The manager praised the spirit of a team which had been largely patched up thanks to injuries to key players Ciaran Toner and Adam Quinn.
He said: “If we were in the same situation last year we probably would have lost.”
“That was probably the most hard working display I’ve seen from a bunch of lads in a long time.”
“We call them kids because there were a lot of young players out there but they were absolutely superb.”
The ‘kids’ will be hoping to cement their names on the team sheet ahead of the FA Cup tie with Farsley next Saturday at the Gainsborough Martin and Co Arena.
Gainsborough Trinity: Budtz, Roma ©, Salt, Picton, Lacey, Roberts (Lobjoit 62), Binns, Russell, Bateson, Beesley, Stamp. Subs (not used): Davie, Martin, Davis, Higginson.
Stalybridge Celtic: King, Bleau, Heath, Hughes, Regan ©, Turner (Lomax 58), Joyce (Wigley 86), Cadman, McKenna (Chippendale 62), Ennis, Dickinson. Subs (not used): Crowley, Martin.
Gainsborough Goalscorers: Beesley 65, Stamp 82.
Stalybridge Goalscorers: Dickinson 3.
Referee: Mr I Dudley.
Assistants: Mr H Hawkins, Mr A Dallison.
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