Housham calls for backing after Gainsborough fight back from two goals down to hold title hopefuls Fylde

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Gainsborough Trinity battled back from two goals down to grab a point against title favourites AFC Fylde.

Jonathan D’Laryea was the hero with a second half brace to cancel out a first half double from Coasters star Dion Charles.

The day started badly though for Trinity as in the warm up, midfielder Simon Russell suffered an injury and had to be replaced by Charlie Binns in the line-up.

The Blues reacted well to the set-back and matched the big spending Fylde for the opening 10 minutes.

Then out of nowhere Fylde took the lead.

Charles had the ball on the left hand side, looked to cross but instead stepped inside and hit a glorious strike past the stranded Jan Budtz.

Gainsborough were stunned by this and never really recovered before half-time.

Five minutes later, Budtz was forced into a save to deny Josh Wilson.

Sam Finley was next to try his luck as a 25-yard strike stung the palms of the former Doncaster stopper.

A minute later and the Coasters extended their lead through that man Charles once more.

A bouncing ball in the box somehow made it through to the Fylde striker and he duly dispatched, despite claims of using a hand in the build up from the Trinity players.

Charles almost claimed another before half-time as a long range effort whistled inches wide.

Trinity had to wait until the 39th minute to have their first decent attempt, with Matt Wilson shooting over from outside the area.

Immediately after the break the momentum changed in the Blues favour.

D’Laryea pulled a goal back after a corner was headed to him by Darryn Stamp.

The former Mansfield man drilled the ball into the back of the net from the edge of the box to give the Blues a foothold in the game.

Two minutes later Wilson almost made the game level as he forced a save out of the Fylde keeper.

All the chances fell for Trinity in the second half and Stamp got in on the act as his volley struck the side netting, before Nick Bignall fired wide off his left side.

Fylde did not know how to respond and in the 74th minute D’Laryea got his and Gainsborough’s second with a superb volley.

After the equaliser both teams went for the winner but neither could create any clear cut chances, with Josh Wilson having the best effort for the home side with Budtz was equal to it.

Gainsborough manager Steve Housham said after the game his side struggled with the physicality of Fylde for the opening 45 minutes.

He said: “I thought first half, we weren’t physical enough, unlike they were.

“They are a very good footballing side and they showed that.

“We started well too but that final lack of quality where we should have done better with the final ball and then we get done with a ‘worldy’ of a goal and it knocked the stuffing out of us.

“They took a foothold in the game and got the second goal.

Housham, who feels he and his men have been under fire from frustrated supporters, was a happier man after today’s result, but still called for backing from the fans.

“We said at half-time that the next goal could be the deciding one and in the end we could of gone on to win the game.

“To come away to a team who were second in the league last season and get a point, there are a lot more positives than the games with Harrogate and Worcester.

“After two games people are having a go, and rightly so they are allowed their opinions, but it’s two games and we need them backing us.”

Gainsborough Trinity: Budtz, Roma, Lacey, Wilson (Yates 72), Quinn, Picton, Binns, D’Laryea, Stamp (Davis 87), Jarman, Bignall. Subs (not used): Hedge, Rigby, Karkach.

AFC Fylde: Hinchliffe, Hughes, Sumner, Langley (Collins 59), Hannigan, Barnes (C), Baker, Finley, Wilson (Rowe 83), Charles, Lloyd (St Juste 56). Subs (not used): Urwin, Blinkhorn.

Goalscorers: Charles 13, 27; D’Laryea 51, 74.

Attendance: 326.

Referee: Mr G Hart. Assistants: Mr M Brownsett, Mr M Sowerby.