TRINITY’S second home win of the season could have come at a high cost, according to Brian Little.
The former Aston Villa boss says Tuesday’s victory over Gloucester was a ‘good night’s work’, but expressed fears over his walking wounded.
He told the Standard: “It’s an important win, but it’s been a costly night for us in some respects.”
“We’ve lost (Andrew) Boyce with a thigh strain and Gavin Cowan has struggled through the game with a groin problem.”
“We’ve also got Luke (Beckett) suspended for the weekend and Paul Mayo will be suspended in a week or so.”
“I’m pleased about the result and on reflection, four points from the two games is nice.”
“But I’m not getting carried away because that leaves us a bit thin on the ground.”
A superb free-kick from Leon Mettam and an injury-time Ryan Kendall strike settled a tight contest to earn the Blues their first win in nine matches.
The result completes the ‘double’ over City and moves Trinity nine points clear of Stafford Rangers in the battle to beat the drop.
Gainsborough though were fortunate not to concede twice in the opening minute.
First Phil Barnes palmed a shot away and then gathered a low effort from Tom Webb.
At the other end, Cowan had a header saved on seven minutes and Lewis McMahon’s strike sailed wide.
Gloucester fought back with winger Will Morford having an effort from outside the area deflected wide on the half hour.
But the Blues could have scored before the break with Mettam hitting a shot straight at City keeper Kev Sawyer from six yards and Cowan glancing a header wide.
Trinity hit the front just past the hour when Mettam scored direct from a free-kick.
The ex-Corby man bent his effort over the wall and Sawyer could only claw the ball into the side of the net.
Luke Waterfall wasted a good chance to extend the lead when he headed at Sawyer after Mettam’s ball in found him unmarked in the area.
City then had two appeals for a penalty turned down before Sawyer brilliantly palmed away a curling shot from Mettam inside the box on 79 minutes.
The Blues made certain of the win in the third-minute of time added on when Kendall capitalised on a defensive error to slot under Sawyer.
The former Hull striker was booked for taking his shirt off as his goal sparked wild celebrations among relieved Blues’ fans.
Trinity will be looking to build on this week’s points haul when they travel to eighth-placed Droylsden on Saturday.
The Bloods beat Gainsborough 3-0 on the Northolme in September and are unbeaten in seven matches – five of which they have won.
Gainsborough Trinity: Barnes, Mayo, Peat, Cowan, Waterfall, Boyce (Spafford 45), Davies, Williams (Greaves 88), Kendall, McMahon, Mettam. Not used: Aiston, Beckett, Clarke.
Gloucester City: Sawyer, Green, Parrinello, Coupe, Rose, Mann (Symons 71), Mullings, Webb, Edwards, Malsom (Tambling 78), Morford (Mustoe 82). Not used: Mehew.
Referee: Matt McGrath.
Scorers: Mettam 64, Kendall 93.