Gainsborough Trinity secured their second win of the Vanarama National League North season on Saturday against a North Ferriby side that didn’t really threaten the Holy Blues at the Martin and Co Arena.
First-half goals from Michael Jacklin and Nathan Jarman were enough to see off the Humberside outfit in the Bank Holiday clash.
In a dramatic exchange of play in the 23rd minute, Trinity should have taken the lead when Jarman played in a ball that fell to Alex Simmons, whose shot was well saved by Ross Durrant. The ball then came to Craig King, who got in a cross in at the second time of asking, but Ashley Worsfold’s header went well wide of the Ferriby goal.
The game came to life in the 28th minute when Craig King delivered a pinpoint cross to the head of Michael Jacklin, who nodded home through a host of bodies to score his third goal of the season.
From then on Trinity began to dominate and were almost in again when Jonathan Wafula fired a shot from the six-yard box straight at Ferriby ‘keeper Durrant. Two minutes later, Ellis Storey drilled across goal, but Jarman couldn’t get a foot on it.
King and Storey enjoyed a lot of success down the left-wing in the first period and on the cusp of half-time, King swung in a free-kick that found the head of captain Jarman, whose flicked header at the front post flew into the top right corner, giving King his ninth assist of the season.
Into the second half, North Ferriby made a couple of changes, replacing Jake Skelton and Akeel Francis with Leigh Hutchinson and Callum Rzonca, and they
began to start asking questions of Trinity.
However, neither side really forced a clearcut chance for themselves until the 77th minute when Rzonca twice cut inside and fired chances straight at Trinity ‘keeper Henrich Ravas.
Two minutes later, Ferriby had their best chance of the match when Mark Gray got on the end of a corner to power a header just past the post.
Other than that, the visitors didn’t really challenge the Holy Blues’ goal, even when Trinity, having used all three of their subs, were reduced to ten men in stoppage time when Storey was injured.
The boys in blue deserved their three points after a routine, professional performance.
Henrich Ravas – 7 – Didn’t put a foot wrong but the lack of an attacking threat from Ferriby is the reason for the rating. Performed well with distribution and made a few good saves.
Jordan Richards – 7 – Comfortable at right-back, which is a position he will be looking to make his own. Linked up well with Jonathan Wafula and performed well defensively.
Ellis Storey – 7.5 – Had an excellent first half, threatening down the left, playing well with Craig King. Was a bit quieter in the second half, but did his job at the back and dealt with Ferriby’s attack.
Lewis Collins – 7.5 – An assured full debut for the Mansfield Town loanee. He commanded the midfield, showing good strength and decision-making on the ball.
Nathan Stainfield – 7 – Alongside Michael Jacklin, looked strong at the back. Dealt with the problems he faced and, as usual, defended with his heart on his sleeve.
Michael Jacklin – 8 – Scored his third goal of the season and was solid at the back. Rarely let the Ferriby players have a sniff and organised the back four well. Looks to have a good partnership with Nathan Stainfield.
Jonathan Wafula – 8 – Showed phenomenal pace down the right and caused so many problems. Almost on the scoresheet and could have had an assist too. A promising talent for Dave Frecklington and Trinity.
Alex Simmons – 6.5 – Will be happy to get 90 minutes under his belt after recovering from a thigh injury. Did well in the middle and filled in well up top, just behind Wells.
Nathan Jarman – 7.5 – Experienced performance from the captain. Took his goal exceptionally well and had a good chance to bag a brace. Brought off to a rousing ovation from the Trinity faithful.
Ashley Worsfold – 7 – Had a few chances during the first half and put himself about well. Linked up well with the wingers and Nathan Jarman. Will be disappointed not to have got on the scoresheet.
Craig King – 9 – Another stalwart performance. Dangerous as always down the left, linked up well with Ellis Storey and added another two assists to his name, taking his total to nine for the season.
Shane Clarke – 7 – Performed well when coming on in the second half. Showed great composure on the ball and read the game well. A workmanlike performance indeed.
Josh Lacey – 6 – Brought on to see the game out and did exactly that. Had little time to impact the game going forward but was effective at the back in
the final minutes.
Bradley Wells – 6.5 – Another player who would have probably had a bigger impact if he’d had longer to play. Has been used as a winger this season but showed glimpses of why he could play centrally.