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Gainsborough Trinity's Mark Jones to subdue celebrations if he scores against Boston United

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: February 01, 2013

Mark Jones

Mark Jones made a cross-county switch from Boston to Gainsborough two weeks ago

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Mark Jones says he will try to keep a lid on his celebrations if he scores against his old club on Saturday.

The striker, who made a cross-county switch from Boston to Gainsborough two weeks ago, could be in the Trinity line-up to face his old team-mates in the Lincolnshire derby.

Jones made his Trinity debut in the Blues' 3-0 win over Workington on Tuesday.

And while he was not among the goals, which came from Simon Russell, Paul Connor and Jamie Yates, he will be doing his best to add to his season's 14-goal tally.

"It was good to get on the pitch on Tuesday," said Jones.

"It will take a while to learn how people play and what they like to do on the pitch, but it was a good start.

"I'm not sure how I would react if I scored on Saturday. It would depend on how things are going.

"I certainly do not intend to go over the top because I have a lot of respect for the Boston fans.

"But if it's the 90th minute and I score the winner it would be natural to celebrate.

"This is just a game of football and I now play for Gainsborough Trinity.

"If I am selected for the game, I will try and do my best for my team and that means scoring goals if possible."

Despite coming up against old team-mates and friends, the 23-year-old is not expecting a friendly reception from the Boston defence.

"I will be going out with Boston's Tom Ward on Saturday night after the game, but that will mean nothing on the pitch," added Jones.

"I expect there will be some crunching tackles flying around, it's football and it's only to be expected."

Meanwhile, Jamie Yates is urging Jones to let his talent do the talking.

The Trinity wideman, himself an ex-Pilgrim, had to go through a similar experience when he made the switch to the Northolme in 2011.

Yates was made Trinity captain for his first game against his old club, which Trinity won 2-1, but the 24-year-old says he still remembers the 'reception' he received from the Boston supporters.

"It is a big game and a memorable experience when you face your old team-mates," said Yates.

"I know what Mark will be going through, but to be fair I think he has been sent more good luck wishes than I was, so he may get a decent reception.

"If the Boston fans do decide to give him a bad reception he is in for a tough time, that I do know. They can be a very noisy bunch.

"If Mark plays against Boston and he is given a torrid time by their fans, he just needs to let his talent do the talking.

"I would advise him to keep his head down and work hard and keep his mind on the game.

"Boston have some decent players with Newsh (Marc Newsham) and Ian Ross and we will need to be wary of them.

"I have been having the odd game of snooker against Ian, so there is already a fair amount of banter flying around about the game.

"You want to win every game, but I think for players and fans alike, there is a bit more spice to this one. There is a bit of an edge to it and you probably want to win it that bit more."

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