Delighted Gainsborough Trinity boss Steve Housham thanks fans and will ‘keep fighting’ after huge Harrogate win

Gainsborough Trinity vs Aston Utd. Trinity manager Steve Housham
Gainsborough Trinity vs Aston Utd. Trinity manager Steve Housham

Gainsborough manager Steve Housham says he will keep fighting as Trinity silenced their critics to clinch a third league win out of four at home to Harrogate.

Assistant manager Darryn Stamp secured the points eight minutes from time, after Nathan Jarman had brought the Blues level.

It was good performance from Trinity all over the park despite the conditions caused by Storm Desmond at the Martin and Co Arena.

After the game Housham said: “Today we saw a massive improvement and you have to remember Harrogate were third or fourth in the league before today and we’ve matched them. They may say the conditions did not help but it is the same for both teams.”

Pressure on Housham had been mounting with a small number of fans being critical on social media after the defeat to Ashton United, but it was the messages of support from others that gave him confidence ahead of the visit of Town.

He said: “People are allowed their opinions but I’ve lived in Gainsborough all my life.

“They’ve had some big games every now and then. Since I’ve been in charge we have had a big game every season.

“Just because I’ve lost my first game against a lower league team, it makes me the worst manager in Gainsborough’s history.”

“I’ve got great belief in myself and in the players. It’s not every fan as I’ve had a lot of messages of support, giving me confidence and I owe a massive thank you for that. All I ask of the players is to go out there and wear that shirt with pride.”

The boss pointed to his side’s record of three wins in their last four league games, the Harrogate victory adding to triumphs over FC United of Manchester and Chorley.

And he was delighted that his side’s hard work was rewarded.

He said: “There was a chance in the first half where we had four shots in a short space and we couldn’t put it away and I get blamed for that.

“But I make the decisions and it wasn’t a bad one bringing the sub on who got the winner.

“It’s not all doom and gloom now as we have played four league games and won three of them.

“I’ll keep fighting and I feel delighted for these boys as it was a well earned three points.

“I’m over the moon for them.”