Housham hopes to keep five youngsters in action

Trinity players celebrating their goal against Grimsby Town
Trinity players celebrating their goal against Grimsby Town

Gainsborough Trinity boss Steve Housham hopes to keep a quintet of youngsters playing regular football through dual registration deals this season.

Connor Johnson, Chris Salt, Charlie Binns, Nathan Plumtree and Liam Dickens are all promising stars who have joined the Blues on non contract terms.

And while they’ll all be desperate to break into the Conference North outfit’s first team squad, they may get more time on pitches elsewhere while remaining on Housham’s radar.

He told the Standard: “Chris Salt has come in from Worksop and done well, Johnson has done a very good job and the others too.”

“We’ll be looking at dual registration for them with other clubs as well, to keep them playing regular football.”

Housham hinted that Grantham might be the destination for at least one of the five.

He added: “It would be good to develop a good working relationship with Grantham.”

Trinity’s pre-season campaign concluded with last Tuesday’s 3-1 win over Boston United in the Lincolnshire Senior Cup quarter-final, and Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at home to Grimsby Town in the subsequent semi-final.

Paul Beesley was the star man against the Pilgrims, helping himself to a hat-trick.

The Blues striker hit the net six times in the summer games, with Trinity losing only two of their 10 fixtures.

This Saturday they begin the new Conference North season with the visit of Hednesford Town.

The Pitmen, who were beaten 2-1 by Halesowen in their latest pre-season friendly, have recently added 18-year-old Jamie Ashmore, who was released by Walsall.

Another duo joining Hednesford Town this summer are Steve Diggin and Glenn Walker, both players arriving from Brackley.

On Tuesday night Trinity make the long trip to Barrow for their first away game, and the third fixture of the season will be at home to Brackley Town on Saturday 16th August.

This season the league will carry yet another new title, after the Football Conference reached a deal with vehicle leasing company Vanarama.

Their logos will soon be found in the Trinity match day programme, club website, the Northolme perimeter boards and on the Blues’ shirts.

The company are relative new comers to the new vehicle market, but have quickly grown to be the second largest leasing broker in the United Kingdom.

A spokesman for the club said: “Gainsborough Trinity Football Club welcome their involvement.”

“It is an exciting selection and more information will follow in the coming weeks and months.”

Meanwhile the club have brought together two of the town’s rival firms.

Two of Gainsborough’s major accountancy firms are supporting the Blues’ efforts to succeed in this coming season.

Brenda Darley from ABC Accountants and Darren Ashley from Wright Vigar have worked to ensure that their firms are two of Trinity’s major sponsors this year.

A spokesman said: “The new Trinity board have put together a business plan which they hope will ensure financial stability off the field and success on it during the coming season.”

“The club, however, do not have the financial support and clout of a rich entrepreneur like a number of clubs in the Conference North this season so every penny counts and sponsorship is a major component of the balance sheet.”