Gainsborough fell to a defeat in their first preseason friendly at home to league one side Scunthorpe United. The visitors, in their second straight season at that level, arrived with a strong team as they travelled the short distance from Glanford Park to the Martin and Co Arena.
With a side including the former premier league player Gary McSheffrey, Paddy Madden and ex trinity man Andrew Boyce, the Iron always looked as if they would be too strong for the Blues. It took a while for them to get going and only managed to take the lead with under half an hour remaining. The first half was a competitive period, with Trinity starting with what looks likely to be the first eleven for the opening fixture with Worcester on August 8th. The majority of the team had remained from last season apart from the front two that were on show. Nathan Jarman and Marc Newsham made their bow for the club in the charity football shirt that the club are wearing for the early fixtures. The two looked lively together, linking up well in a half of few opportunities and showed glimpses of why they were highly sort after at National League North level. Newsham managed to get his head on a couple of crosses from the flanks that drifted wide, whilst Jarman almost caught Scunthorpe keeper Luke Daniels off guard with an audacious chip from the edge of the box. The visitors came closest in the first period, with Dutchman Kevin Van Veen striking the crossbar with a free kick whilst Nathaniel Mendez-Laing also hit the bar. At half time a whole raft of changes happened. Scunthorpe changed their entire squad, whilst Trinity made eight, including three of the four trialists on the bench. The alterations managed to take a lot of the sting out of the game, especially for Gainsborough, as the new faces failed to make an impression. The Iron themselves seemed sharper and the influence of McSheffrey, Madden and in particular Luke Williams, began to create opportunities. It was from a McSheffrey corner that Boyce managed to poke home at the far post to give them the lead. Further chances appeared and disappeared for the visitors before they added to their lead through Williams and a last gasp penalty from Madden, after the scorer of the second had been scythed down by Chris Salt. Stephan Brogan had the best chance of the game for Trinity within all that, as his free kick from 25 yards was saved smartly down to his left by former Lincoln keeper Joe Anyon. Speaking after the game, manager Steve Housham was not interested in the result and said: “It was a good workout today and that is what pre season is all about.
“You could see the difference in quality. The first half it was a good workout for them lads and a mixture the second half, as we were trying different thing.”
“Yeah you like to win games but it was good for me and Darryn Stamp to spot a few positives and weaknesses.”
Gainsborough Trinity: Budtz, Roma (A Trialist 75), Lacey, Binns (D’Laryea 45), Quinn (A Trialist 45), Picton, Russell (A Trialist 45), Davis (A Trialist 45), Newsham (Brogan 45), Jarman (Forrest 45), Yates (Karkach 45).
Scunthorpe Goalscorers: Boyce 62, Williams 80, Madden 89.
Referee: Mr R Atkins. Assistants: Mr D Jones, Mr W Murray.