Gainsborough Trinity boss Liam King was delighted to see his side chalk up their first win of the season last night ahead of a tough August Bank Holiday weekend BetVictor NPL Premier Division programme.
Trinity saw off Whitby Town 2-0 in their first home game, thanks to an Ashley Worsfold brace, though they had to battle to hold onto it after Jamie Green was sent off for a second bookable offence with 20 minutes to go.
“We are pleased to get up and running – that was the goal tonight,” said King as his side shook off their opening day defeat against Nantwich.
“I thought we looked fantastic tonight in the first half. I think other clubs watching that will fear us for that first half performance.
“But we want a bit wayward in my opinion in the second half and the sending-off didn’t help. It was a mistimed tackle, but it was his second booking so I have no arguments over it.
“Whitby came at us and the pleasing thing for me was we put our bodies on the line. The lads put a massive shift in.
“Leading 2-0 is a tricky scoreline as the other team has got to come at you with nothing to lose in effect.
“But we defended well, got over the line and it’s a clean sheet. Joe (Green) pulled some good saves off today and we were thoroughly deserved winners.”
On Worsfold’s goals on 27 and 42 minutes, he added: “That’s why we kept him here. He showed some real bits of quality and great finishes.”
Trinity face Warington at home on Saturday before a trip to Matlock Town on Monday with King admitting: “It’s a big weekend ahead.
“Warrington are a good side who will be trying to get that automatic spot this season. Then on Monday we go to Matlock, who are a good, solid side. There are no easy games at this level.”