Trinity’s Spa day ends in some Valentine’s blues

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Gainsborough suffered more away day blues as they left Leamington Spa empty handed after a scrappy 2-1 defeat in Warwickshire.

The winner came 13 minutes from time as Brakes captain Dan Newton thumped a strike from outside of the box right into the top corner.

Trinity made five changes before the game, as Jamie Yates, Simon Russell, Charlie Binns, Jake Pictonand Rory Watson came into the starting 11.

It was on loan Hull City goalkeeper Watson’s debut for the club, with the youngster set to start last week at Bradford before it was postponed due to the weather.

Arguably the most important change saw club top scorer Russell make his first start of 2015.

The creative midfield man had been struggling with a back problem in recent times, with manager Steve Housham unwilling to risk him before the game with Leamington.

It was the former Kidderminster man who had the first real chance of the game in the 31st minute as he ran into the box to meet a Yates cross, only to head over.

Five minutes later and the Blues were behind.

A corner to the back post was headed into the ground and back of the net by Brakes defender Delroy Gordon.

The goal opened up the game for the second half.

A minute into it and Trinity were level.

A dubious free-kick was awarded on the edge of the box for the Blues and Yates on his second full debut for the club, stepped up and curled an effort into the corner.

The Leamington keeper barely moved a muscle as the ball whistled by him and into the back of the net.

The equaliser stirred the game somewhat as it became a more adventurous fixture.

Tom Davie mishit a shot wide after a flowing move from Gainsborough before a mazy run from Russell resulted in him firing over.

Leamington were under the cosh at this point but captain Newton had other ideas and his wonderful strike was the difference in the end as the Blues could not find their way past the Brakes defence for a second time.

Manager Steve Housham felt that Trinity had the better of the game.

“We weren’t ruthless enough when we had our chances.”

“There were two great goals in the game.”

“But I feel we could have dealt with it (Newton’s goal) better during the build up to it.”

“We get done by a set piece in the first half, which isn’t good enough and they didn’t really offer much in terms of chances.”

“When we got our goal we thought we would go on and get something out of the game but we got done by a killer blow.”

The defeat meant that Leamington leapfrogged Gainsborough in the table.

Luckily for the Blues, the three teams in the relegation zone all lost.

“We got ourselves into this situation and we now have to roll our sleeves up.”

“We’ve got three home games coming up now and we have got to target them.”

Trinity start their three home games with a visit from Solihull Moors on Saturday.

Gainsborough Trinity: Watson, Roma (C), Davie (Lacey 68), Binns, Quinn, Picton, Russell, Toner, Beesley, Yates, Clayton (Davis 65). Subs (not used): Stamp, Salt, Karkach.

Goalscorers: Yates 46.

Bookings: Davie, Toner.

Leamington: Atkins, Mace, Gudger, Fry, Gordon, Tank, Moore, Magunda (Edwards 88), Dodd (Chilton 78), Hicks (Goddard 75), Newton (C). Subs (not used): Went, Fenney.

Goalscorers: Gordon 37, Newton 77.

Bookings: Gordon.

Referee: Mr S Barrow. Assistant: Mr M Law, Mr G Warren.

Attendance: 565.