Gainsborough Trinity captain Dominic Roma says that the club’s 2-2 draw with high-flying Brackley Town stands them in good stead for Saturday’s Vauxhall Motors clash.
Trinity fought back from a goal down to take the lead thanks to Lewis McMahon and Jamie Wootton strikes, only for a Steve Diggin equaliser to split the points.
“Having gone to Colywn Bay and then Barrow and got points, we didn’t want our home form drop away.”
“We’ve taken a point from one of the best teams in the league, and we carved them open a few times.”
“When we went to Vauxhall Motors on the opening day of the season, we didn’t perform.We owe it to ourselves and the fans to put up a good show.”
McMahon’s goal was his fifth in three games since rejoining on loan, and Roma says that the returning midfielder has slotted straight back in at the club.
“Lewis knows a few of us from his last spell here so he’s dropped straight back in. He’s a top lad and he’s showing what a good footballer he is.”
“I know some of the Matlock staff and they’ll be messaging asking me what we’ve done to Lewis.”
Despite an open start in which Trinity looked the more dangerous, the visitors struck first through Ben Mills.
A quick break down the right saw Owen Story deliver an inch-perfect cross for the former Chester striker, who was able to rise above the Trinity defence to head home.
As the visitors grew into the game, Trinity stepped up their passing and went close through Bradley Barraclough and his on loan strike partner Wootton, but Billy Turley in the Brackley goal wasn’t tested frequently enough.
His first significant save came after an excellent run by Wootton created a chance for McMahon just after the half hour mark, but the in-form midfielder fired the ball straight at the custodian.
Trinity looked bright on the attack throughout, but couldn’t find the equaliser before the break.
It was much the same after the restart, with the hosts winning a succession of corners that just didn’t fall for them.
Trinity’s play had warranted a goal, and an excellent advantage from the referee allowed McMahon to score the equaliser.
With Dan Clayton felled, the ball rolled to the midfielder, who looked up before curling a low shot past Turley from 20 yards to level the scores.
The Northolme crowd had barely settled back down when Wootton’s first for the club gave them the lead.
The Scunthorpe youngster demonstrated the pace and strength that has earned him rave reviews at his parent club, battling past his marker before firing low into the goal.
But the visitors were level six minutes later through Diggin.
With space on the edge of the box, the striker opened his body and shot low past Barnes to level the scores with a quarter of an hour to play.
Both sides had chances to win the game, and Simon Russell nearly secured all three points for the Blues with three minutes to go, only to see his half volley rattle the crossbar.
Diggin then almost won it for the visitors late on, but the Blues held firm for a point.
Trinity: Barnes, Roma, Wilde, McMahon, Howe, Young, Russell, Toner, Wootton, Barraclough, Clayton. Subs: Stamp, Williams, Davis, Lacey, Batty
Brackley: Turley, Odhiambo (Cartwright, 49), McDonald, Towers, Sharpe, Austin, Story (Jarvis, 86), Solkhon, Mills, Diggin, Walker. Subs: Sandy, Newton, Griffin
Goals: Mills 14, McMahon 65, Wootton 67, Diggin 73.
Referee: Mr I. Dudley.