FA Cup goes swimmingly for the Housham’s Blues

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A Simon Russell double sunk Marine as Gainsborough cruised through to the final qualifying round of the FA Cup.

The midfielder’s fine strike in the 71st minute minute settled the game as he fired in from all of 25 yards to confirm Trinity’s place in the hat at Wembley on Monday lunchtime.

The result was of great financial reward for the Blues, as they could now potentially face localrivals Grimsby or Lincoln in the next round.

Speaking about the progression to the final qualifying round, Gainsborough boss Steve Housham said: “This is our cup final now.”

“We’ve played two games and our dream is still alive.”

“We’ve just played and won our semi-final today and we go into the next one dreaming of the first round proper.”

“That is what we aim to do.”

Despite the rather emphatic scoreline, it was still a tight and competitive affair.

In particular the first half, where it seemed Marine had the better opportunities to score, even though Trinity had the majority of possession.

Housham was not best pleased with the first half performance.

He said: “We weren’t at the races first half but we knew once the goal came that it would ease a bit of tension off us.”

“The scoreline probably flatters us a wee bit but we definitely made amends for the first half performance.”

The Blues certainly did, as four minutes into the second period, Adam Quinn powered in a header from a corner.

Marine became more offensive and had the Trinity defence on the ropes at times.

Trinity weathered the storm, quite literally as the heavens opened over the Martin and Co Arena, and Russell was able to seal the game by lashing the ball into the back of the net from distance.

The manager praised his midfielder after the game.

He said: “His work rate and enthusiasm is second to none.”

“You can see it from here the energy he brings to a game and that is a good example to set for the younger lads.”

Not long after, Russell added a second following a controversial moment in the match.

A through ball meant for Conor Higginson, left by the ex-Worksop man as he was flagged offside, was collected by the on rushing Liam Davis and he squared for Russell to fire home.

As Higginson was flagged, the Marine defence stopped.

However, there was no whistle from the referee and she allowed the play to continue, gifting Trinity their third goal.

The protests went on but the tie was fully sealed when Davis was through on goal again and his deflected effort looped over the Marine keeper.

The moment did not matter in the end as Gainsborough ran through as easy winners.

The highest gate of the season for the Blues was rewarded with an emphatic win in the end.

Housham was quick to thank the extra help from the terraces.

He said: “I felt it today, even when warming up.”

“I must apologise for the dour first half performance but hopefully next time out they will come again and help cheer us on, especially if we get another home draw.”

“We need their support to help give the players that extra lift.”

The win also means the postponement of the home game with rivals Boston United on October 25th when Trinity battle it out to get to the first round proper for the first time in seven years.

Gainsborough Trinity: Budtz, Roma ©, Picton, Quinn, Davie, Higginson, Binns (Roberts 81), Toner, Russell, Stamp (Davis 72), Beesley (Salt 87). Subs (not used): Lacey, Martin Lobjoit.

Marine: Cooper, Wainwright, Fearnhough, Hessey, Nicholas, Clair (Williams 61), Fowler, Foley, Codling (Whitehall 61), Goulding, Langos. Subs (not used): Short, Shaw, Aujla, Owens, Mitchison.

Gainsborough Goalscorers: Quinn (49), Russell (71, 80), Davis (88).

Referee: Miss A Fearn. Assistants: Mr E Pidduck, Mr A Hull.

Attendance: 473.