Trinity prepare for opening friendlies

Lee Sinnott is keen to see his players back out on the pitch.
Lee Sinnott is keen to see his players back out on the pitch.

Lee Sinnott says he’s looking forward to seeing his team back in match action as they prepare for their first pre-season friendlies this weekend.

Gainsborough Trinity will host a Barnsley XI as well as sending a team to Bottesford Town, both on Saturday.

And boss Sinnott says that although the start to the new Evo-Stik Premier Division season is a long way away, it’s important to assess things early on.

He said: “There’s a long way to go but we really want to properly look at players in match situations, having really only been able to assess them in the physical sense up to now.

“Some players can be different in training to how they are in games, whether that’s better or worse, so we’re keen to get the full picture on a few of the trialists we’re looking at.

“The matches we’ve got coming up will be good indicators as to whether we want to keep people for longer.”

Sinnott added that he’s been pleased to finally get the chance to put his true stamp on the team, having had to patch the team up in the tough final few weeks of the season after he arrived that ultimately saw Trinity relegated.

He said: “We had around 13 games to pack in and there was a degree of plate spinning going on when it came to who played, who was fit and so on.

“But we’ve had much more time to consider things now and bringing players in has helped a lot.

“Everything we do now is geared towards being ready for August 18, so how things are in the early friendlies may bear very little resemblance given how early on we are.

“We’ve been working on keeping those players we wanted and are being patient when it comes to other targets.”