FA Trophy preview: Trinity hope to coast past Fylde and win £5k prize money


Gainsborough Trinity make the long trip to AFC Fylde on Saturday, hoping to upset the odds and bank £5,000 in prize money.

The Blues take on the Coasters in the first round proper of the FA Trophy, in what is expected to be another tough encounter for Steve Housham’s men.

The men from the Martin and Co Arena will be out for a measure of revenge, having been cruelly beaten at Kellamergh in October in a controversial 2-1 defeat.

The home side were 1-0 up in the 79th minute when, according to Housham, the referee fell for a ‘blatant dive’ and Ritchie Allen blasted home the resulting spot-kick.

Although Trinity’s assistant manager Darryn Stamp pulled a goal back, Connor Higginson – now departed the club – hit the bar late on and Gainsborough were left with nothing for their efforts.

Since that clash, AFC Fylde haven’t been in overly consistent form, winning just three of their nine outings – but losing just twice, one of those to Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup.

Trinity too have won three games in the same space of time, but have lost five outings.