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Gainsborough Trinity's Steve Housham calls truce with Altrincham's Damian Reeves

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: December 06, 2012

  • Gainsborough Trinity manager Steve Housham

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A ceasefire has been called in the war of words between Gainsborough Trinity's management team and Altrincham dangerman Damian Reeves.

Blues boss Steve Housham says any problems between the two factions is in the past and there will be no signs of friction when Trinity arrive at Moss Lane on Saturday.

The prolific Reeves, who was a summer transfer target for the Blues and Lincoln City, reminded Trinity what they had missed out on when he hit all four goals in Altrincham's 4-2 win the last time the two teams met at the Northolme in September.

At the time, there was a certain amount of bad blood between the striker and the Trinity management after their disagreements were aired through the media.

However, Housham says all that is now behind them and his only concern is the threat Reeves poses as the opposition's striker.

"There were a few things said at the time, but all that is behind us now," said Housham.

"I made it my business to speak with Damian after all that and there is absolutely no problem between us now.

"I explained what was said and why and he has totally accepted it."

Improved relations between the two parties does not mean the Reeves' goal threat will be diminished.

The 26-year-old has already scored 18 times this season in all competitions and Housham admits he will be taking a 'once bitten, twice shy' approach to the game.

"It proved last time, at our place, that if we don't prepare for the threat he poses he will punish us," Housham added.

"But Althrincham have other good players. You can't really single him out, we will have to watch all of their players and defend well if we want to get anything from the game.

"But Gainsborough Trinity also have dangerous players that Altrincham will need to worry about.

"We have only lost one game in our last ten and we will go there full of confidence.

"I can't worry too much about Altrincham, I will be more concerned about how Gainsborough Trinity play.

"The atmosphere in the dressing room at the moment is absolutely buzzing and we are in touching distance of the play-off places.

"We believe we can keep this run going. We have got ourselves into good habits. We are used to winning and we are used to scoring goals and when you have a team like that confidence naturally follows."

Housham will have just one team concern on Saturday, with left back Josh Wilde suspended following his two yellow cards against Harrogate.

Greg Young is primed to step in, with Housham confident the 29-year-old central defender can fill the gap.

"Greg has played in that position a couple of times and played very well," Housham said.

"I have felt for him this season, because he is a very capable player, but the other two central defenders Luke Waterfall and Danny Hone are playing so well he can't break into the team."

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