GAINSBOROUGH Trinity came out on top against a spirited Droylsden in a pulsating FA Cup third qualifying round tie at The Butchers Arms.
After succumbing to a 1-0 defeat last weekend against Stockport County, the National League North team were looking to make amends this time out. The first 10 minutes of the game saw the home side dominate possession and chances, but they soon fell behind on the 12 minute mark as Gainsborough’s Nathan Jarman lobbed the ball over a helpless Nathan Ellison to make it 1-0.
Ellison would feel the wrath of Jarman again only 11 minutes later as a shot just inside the box deflected off the goalkeeper to make it 2-0. Droylsden were struggling to make any chances at all and went 3-0 behind just on half time when a bullet header from Marc Newsham heaped even more misery on the Evo-Stik First Division North team.
Into the second-half and Droylsden began to make more chances and made it 1-3 on 56 minutes when Brandon Zibaka got his foot to a deflected shot to put the Bloods back in with a chance.
Beginning to get a foothold back into the match, a long pass from Droylsden ‘keeper Ellison fell to the feet of Fernando Moke. The striker placed it just past the ‘keeper to make it 2-3.
With the Trinity now on the backfoot, it was their game to give away – and it looked like they had on 84 minutes as James Hampson got his foot on a cross to get the Bloods back level with the Trinity, however this jubilation was short lived as Gainsborough re-took the lead on 88 minutes when Matt Wilson slipped it past the keeper to make it 4-3.
To round off the bad luck for the Bloods, skipper Steve Hall was sent off for a second bookable offence in injury time to send Droylsden down to ten men.
Very much a hard-earned win for the Trinity, Gainsborough manager Steve Housham commented after the game: “Overall I thought Droylsden were the better side. However, I am quite disappointed that our fans here today didn’t get the chance to see a whitewash.”
Housham also commented that he’d like to see his team reach the Emirates FA Cup first round proper – which appears all the more attainable after the hard-earned performance over the Bloods today.
As for Droylsden who are 21st in the Evo-Stik First Division North, this latest result was their third loss in three games. They awill go into their 10th league fixture of the season, on Tuesday at Warrington Town, with only five points gained, and Dave Pace will be hoping for an upturn in form soon.
Gainsborough will find out who they face in the Fourth Qualifying Round in Monday’s draw.
Droylsden: Ellison (GK), Haynes, Barber, Dryden, Cooper, Wood, (Clarke Adams’ 58) Rouse, Hall ©, Zibaka,(Hampson ‘74), Koral (Parkinson ’67), Moke.
Subs not used: Pino, Mullen
Booked: Hall, Rouse
Sent off: Hall
Gainsborough Trinity: Budtz, Roma ©, Lacey, D’Laryea (Binns ’45), Quinn, Picton, Russell, Forrest (Wilson ’78), Newsham (Bagnall ’45), Jarman, Yates.
Subs not used: Stamp, Davis
Referee: Michael D’Aguilar (Staffordshire)
By Daniel Willis at the Butchers Arms