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Gainsborough Trinity to play with freedom as FA Trophy pressure is on Forest Green

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: November 30, 2012

  • Gainsborough Trinity manager Steve Housham

  • Gainsborough Trinity wideman Terry Hawkridge scored a first half penalty against Harrogate Town

  • The result of the FA Trophy first round clash was always in doubt until substitute Paul Connor fired home a last-minute strike.

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Steve Housham believes his players can revel in the freedom that comes with their 'underdog' status when they travel to Forest Green Rovers in the FA Trophy second round.

The Gainsborough Trinity boss, who guided his side to a first round 2-0 win over Harrogate Town last Saturday, was disappointed not to get a home draw.

However, he says the pressure will be all on the Blue Square Premier Division high flyers.

"It's a tough draw, that's for sure, but this is the second round of the competition and only 32 teams are left, anyone we were drawn against would be tough," Housham said.

"However, they will be favourites and all the pressure will be on them.

"Our players should revel in it. There will be very little pressure on them and they will be able top just go there and enjoy it, play with freedom.

"We will be reminding them they were only 90 minutes from playing in the same league as Forest Green anyway after losing in the play-off final.

"We will look at how we are going to play. I had Harrogate watched, but then they went and set up in a different way, so I will concentrate on Gainsborough and what we do.

"We always set out to win football matches. We will need some caution, because they are one of the big spenders of the league above us, but we will be going there to try to win the game."

However, before Trinity travel to Forest Green, they have a Blue Square North fixture at home against Colwyn Bay this Saturday.

"Colwyn Bay will be another tough one," Housham said.

"They are very much a hot and cold side but at the moment we are the hot side and we have to keep that up and keep this run going.

"We will have a week now to concentrate on the game against Colwyn Bay. I want another three points.

"We have only lost one game in November, which isn't too bad.

"The FA Trophy thing will cause no disruption as far as we are concerned.

"We have a big enough and good enough squad to compete at all levels.

"We showed a lot of character against Harrogate. I was pleased in the end, because we showed a lot of battling qualities and I think it was the right result in the end."

"With the personnel we had on the pitch we were able to change things around so that's what we did and we came out on top.

"We were good in both boxes, we put our heads in where it hurts and we were brave.

"We have to remember Jan Budtz's save from their free-kick when he touched it onto the post.

But I am delighted for all the players.

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