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Gainsborough Trinity boss eyes home back-to-back home wins in promotion chase

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: October 25, 2012

Gainsborough Trinity boss Steve Housham

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Gainsborough Trinity boss Steve Housham is eyeing maximum points from their next two home games after declaring the race for promotion is wide open.

After holding Blue Square Bet North leaders Brackley to a 2-2 draw, the Blues face two winnable home games against Workington on Saturday and rock-bottom Hinckley on Tuesday.

Housham is refusing to take victory for granted against either opponent, but admits he would be disappointed with anything less than six points.

That would set Trinity up perfectly for their trip to Boston United, which has been brought forward to Saturday, November 3.

"I never like to say games are winnable or must-win," said Housham.

"I like to call them must-perform games. If we play like we have been doing and like we can do, there's no reason why we can't win both games."

Leaders Brackley have been one of the surprise packages of the season since gaining promotion.

But Housham does not expect the Northamptonshire side, or any other club, to run away with the title in the style that Hyde did last season.

The Blues boss believes his side, now unbeaten in five league games, is well equipped to climb into promotion contention.

Ninth-placed Gainsborough are now just three points off the play-off zone.

"People say we've had a poor start, but we've only lost three games," he said.

"There are teams near the top who have lost four and five games. We just need to turn more of those draws into wins. We're certainly heading in the right direction.

"The division is wide open and I can't see anyone running away with it like Hyde did last year.

"Brackley were a decent side and had some pace up top, but I didn't think they were anywhere near as good as Hyde when they were on their ten-game winning run last season.

"You've got teams like Chester and Halifax who have big budgets, but we've played Chester twice this season (in the FA Cup) and not lost in 90 minutes.

"I don't see anyone dominating and I believe we can match anyone on our day."

Meanwhile, Trinity chairman Peter Swann is set to submit his offer to buy the Northolme from the Blues Club next month.

Swann, who is set to stand down as chairman at the end of the season, has launched a last-ditch bid to buy the ground from long-time owners, the Blues Club.

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