Gainsborough Trinity fans are celebrating the return of a fan favourite, and nobody is happier than Lewis McMahon after a goal and three points in his first game back.
McMahon spent five years at the Northolme between 2007 and 2012 before moving to Matlock Town in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League.
Despite an impressive first season at the Derbyshire outfit, McMahon found himself out of favour with manager Mark Atkins, allowing Trinity manager Steve Housham to swoop for the former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder.
“When Matlock made me available, I was straight on to Steve to see if he wanted to sign me,” said the 28-year old.
“As soon as he told me he was interested I didn’t even consider any other club. I wanted to come back and help the side out.”
A fan favourite in his previous spell with the club, McMahon admits that although it was good to be able to fit in to the culture in the dressing room, there is also an added element of jeopardy when returning to a club.
“When you come back to a club, there’s definitely a bit of added pressure as you want to do yourself justice for the fans. I love the club – it’s a great community where I spent five good years.”
“The fans have always been good to me – most of them anyway,” he quipped.
McMahon started and played most of Saturday’s 2-0 win at Colwyn Bay, netting a second half header that secured all three points for the Blues.
“I haven’t played deep in midfield much with Matlock, but I was more than happy to fit in alongside Ciaran Toner.”
“I’ve still got to try and get fit as I’ve not played much this year, but it was great to be back out there.”
“I was dying to score – it was definitely on my mind even though the three points was the main thing for us. When I saw Jamie (Wootton) break inside I thought I had a chance, and I just threw myself at it.”
Manager Housham was naturally pleased with his new signing’s contribution to the win, which sees some daylight develop between his side and those in the relegation places.
“It’s a long corner to turn for us, but to come out here and get a result shows the character we need.”
“We had to weather a hefty storm early on but we coped and once the sending off came we had to be patient.”
“Callum (Howe, the Blues’ other debutant) grew into the game and took his goal well, and Lewis was as brave as lion and got his goal, which he deserved.”
“It was a good all-round team performance – we stuck together and got our rewards.”
Trinity are without a fixture this weekend.