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Housham: Trinity can reach the play-offs

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: December 12, 2013

Steve Housham is aiming for a much improved second half of the season

Steve Housham is aiming for a much improved second half of the season

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A bullish Steve Housham insists his side could yet pull off a shock and force themselves into play-off contention.

The startling claim comes despite a desperate start to the Skrill North campaign, which saw his Gainsborough Trinity side lose their first six games.

But, after delving into the loan market, the Trinity boss has engineered a remarkable turnaround in form which has seen them take seven points from their last three games.

More evidence that Trinity have turned the corner came during Tuesday's home clash with high-flying Brackley, who, despite boasting the meanest defence in the division, were at times made to look ordinary as Trinity produced some mesmerising football.

The Blues remain 12 points off the play-off places, but Housham insists with only half the season gone, his side could still put together a run to have them challenging closer to the top of the table.

"I set the lads a target before the Colwyn Bay match last month," said Housham.

"I said 20 wins during the remainder of the season would get us to the 73 points mark, which is usually the magic number to get into the play-offs.

"We are three unbeaten now and if we can keep that going we could really start to build some momentum.

"I know it's incredible, because it was only four or five games ago people were talking about us and relegation.

"It has been a very good turnaround, but also a positive one. I knew we could do it, it was all about getting that belief into the players.

"Brackley are known to have the meanest defence in the league, but we carved them open a few times.

"I thought we came out the traps really well and played some very good football."

The Trinity boss is now plotting another three points against Vauxhall Motors this coming Saturday.

Housham is still upset over the way his side started the season against the Motormen.

"We owe the fans a performance against Vauxhall Motors on Saturday, because we didn't turn up for our previous meeting," Housham added.

"I would say there have been three games like that, where we just haven't turned up, Workington, Leamington in the Trophy and the game against Vauxhall on the opening day of this season.

"Hopefully we will take this form into Saturday. Another home game and I would like a few here at the Northolme to support the lads.

"On Tuesday, the fans went home happy after seeing a very good game of football from a group of committed players."

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