Gainsborough Trinity's winning run came to a disappointing end following a 2-1 defeat by Stalybridge Celtic at the Northolme.
wins from seven games did not become eight as Stalybridge staged a
second half comeback. Goals from Mitchell Austin and Kelvin Bleau cancelled
out Greg Young's fifth-minute strike as the Blues suffered only
their second defeat in 13 games.
There were three changes to the Trinity starting line-up. Dominic
Knowles and Darryn Stamp started up front in place of Bradley Barraclough
and Paul Connor who were in the Blues' attack last Monday night at Bradford Park
Avenue. Craig Nelthorpe also came into the side in place of Mark Wilson.
five minutes in, Trinity were a goal ahead when Greg Young headed home a
Jamie Yates corner. Minutes later, Craig Nelthorpe tested the
Stalybridge keeper with a low shot which Cairns tipped around the post
during a sustained period of pressure for the home side.
Stalybridge put together a move of their own, with midfielder Greg
Wilkinson hitting a stinging shot which Jan Budtz needed two attempts to
save just before the half time break..
Trinity got off to a poor start to the second half when Stalybridge levelled through a low drive
from Mitchell Austin, following an uncharacteristic mistake from Jonathan D'Laryea on the
edge of the area.
Hawkridge replaced Yates 10 minutes into the second
half and was soon in the action combining with Knowles, who's shot was
too weak to beat Cairns.Then a great move started by Hawkridge set Wilde
off down the wing and his cross was headed back accross by Stamp.
But Nelthorpe,waiting in the middle, hit the ball over the crossbar.
two minutes into the second half and Stalybridge took the lead. A great
run by defender Kevin Bleau saw him beat the defence with a one-two and then hit a shot under the sprawling Budtz. Trinity came back with a sustained period of pressure in the latter
stages of the game, but despite shots by Hawkridge and Nelthorpe,
Stalybridge left Lincolnshire with all three points.