Hull City loanees help Blues bruise North Ferriby in Boxing Day knockout

Boxing Day Match - Gainsborough Trinity FC V North Ferriby. Pictured is goal by Jonathon Margetts.
Boxing Day Match - Gainsborough Trinity FC V North Ferriby. Pictured is goal by Jonathon Margetts.

Gainsborough landed a knockout blow on North Ferriby as they strolled to three points on a freezing cold Boxing Day afternoon.

The Blues were victorious by three goals as they settled into life under new chairman Richard Kane.

It had been a week of good news for Trinity fans as the new chairman announced his desire to have the club in the conference premier within three seasons and then followed it up with a double loan signing from last year’s FA Cup finalists Hull City.

Both players, Jonathan Margetts and Matty Dixon, started for the Blues against the Villagers as Grant Roberts dropped to the bench and Darryn Stamp was still feeling the effects from a blow to the head at Hednesford.

Margetts ended last season on loan at the Blues, scoring 10 times as he eased any fears of relegation.

With Gainsborough sitting only a couple of points above the relegation zone before the game, it looked like the striker would have the same job this time round.

It did not take him long to have an impact.

The whole team was clearly buoyed by the new acquisitions and after 14 minutes the Blues were in front.

Margetts was the man on target as he cooly slotted home after brilliant work from Curtis Bateson.

The visitors were clearly stunned and from this moment on, they never truly threatened Jan Budtz in the Trinity goal.

The Blues were in control of the game and were winning the midfield against a team that had been in terrific form at the start of this season.

Gainsborough should have headed in at half-time even further in front.

The ball was half cleared from a Tom Davie cross to Bateson on the edge of the box and he curled a right foot effort inches around the post.

The majority thought it was in and not long after the break Trinity were two goals to the good.

Margetts was at the centre of it again.

His first time shot from a Dixon through ball was parried by the keeper into the path of Davie, who took his time before driving past a man on the line.

That gave Trinity some breathing space and they began to control possession, leaving the away side with no real chances of merit.

Dixon was also unlucky not to score soon after the second goal, as the ball took a nasty bobble in front of him as he was about to stroke it home.

Ciaran Toner added further gloss to the result in the final minute as his volley went straight through Adam Nicklin in the North Ferriby goal.

Gainsborough manager Steve Housham was delighted with the performance.

After the game, he said: “It was a massive three points today.”

“The performances have been ok all season and we have got our just desserts.”

“From one to 16 we were absolutely fantastic.”

“We looked like the only team that wanted to play football.”

“The movement was good and everyone was out there like warriors today.”

Housham was pleased with his new signings.

“They’ve come in and brightened up the place.”

“Young Matty Dixon was excellent and all you have to say about Jono is that he had one chance and got a goal inside 15 minutes.”

“Jono’s movement was good and hold up play was decent and that’s why I want Jono Margetts at Gainsborough Trinity Football Club.”

Gainsborough Trinity: Budtz, Roma (c), Salt, Picton, Lacey, Binns, Toner, Dixon, Margetts (Beesley 87), Bateson (Roberts 90), Davie (Forrest 78). Subs: Karkach, Wisdom-Lockwood.

North Ferriby: Nicklin, Yates (Peat 45), Wilde, King (c), Gray, Hone, Bolder (Fry 73), D’Laryea (Kendall 56) Denton, Jarman, St Juste. Subs: Nicholson, Anderson.

Gainsborough Goalscorers: Margetts (14), Davie (62), Toner (90).

Yellow: Bolder.

Attendance: 556

Referee: Mr R Wootton. Assistants: Mr M Connell, Mr J Rhodes.