Trinity set off on a revenge mission in cup

Gainsborough Trinity manager Dave Frecklington.
Gainsborough Trinity manager Dave Frecklington.

Gainsborough Trinity return to the FA Cup on Saturday with manager Dave Frecklington stressing the competition is important to the club.

After seeing his side run big-spending Salford City close in a 1-0 National League North gome defeat, the Holy Blue’ boss is plotting revenge on league rivals Leamington in the third qualifying round of the famous competition.

“If I am being honest I wanted a home draw, but we owe Leamington one,” he said.

“We should have beaten them down here (in the league). It was typical game of two halves.

“It was disappointing and cost us points in the league. It is important that we regroup in the week, rest-up and focus on this FA Cup run.

“If we can get through, hopefully we can get a home draw and progress.”

Trinity, who won 2-1 at Spennymoor Town in the second qualifying round, were beaten 2-1 by Leamington on the opening day of the league season.

They suffered another unfortunate home defeat on Saturday, despite creating plenty of chances against second-placed Salford.

The only goal of the game from Mike Phoenix just before half-time sent Trinity, without a league win five, into the bottom three.

Slovak international Henrich Ravas kept out the visitors on several occasions in the opening half-hour, both sides hit the bar and Nathan Stainfield and Ash Worsfold might have scored for the home side.

Manager Frecklington said: “We are playing fantastic, full-time outfits — we have played something like eight out of the top 10 — and are giving them good games. I couldn’t be prouder of the lads.

“But we have got to start taking our chances when they arrive. On another day we could have two or three goals up.”