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Housham pleased with Gainsborough Trinity's workman like display

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: November 14, 2012

Steve Housham

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There was no glowing assessment by Gainsborough Trinity boss Steve Housham, despite the fact his side had just won 4-1 away from home.

The win, against Hinckley United, sees Trinity go through to the first round proper of the FA Trophy and came thanks to a Dominic Knowles penalty and three further goals from Darryn Stamp, Michael Leary and Paul Connor.

The Blues will face fellow Blue Square North side Harrogate Town at home in the next round on November 24 , but boss Housham will be demanding an improved performance.

"I don't think it was good enough, especially the first half," he said.

"These kind of games, you are in a no-win situation really because we have already beaten them (Hinckley) 5-0 this season, and we are expected to beat them week in, week out.

"But Hinckley are a good set of young lads and they play some good football.

"I would say it was a workmanlike performance from us and in the end it looks comfortable, but the difference is we put our chances away."

Housham had seen his side limp to a 1-1 draw at home when the two teams played their first Trophy tie last Saturday.

The Blues boss changed his starting line-up with Jonathan Williams, Greg Young and Terry Hawkridge making way for Josh Wilde, Jonathan D'Laryea and Jamie Yates.

"We put a few things right tonight, it still wasn't great, but there was no pressure on Hinckley.

"I did change things a bit for Tuesday's game, but I did not take Hinckley lightly on Saturday, I just wanted some of the lads to have a game.

"Any of the players at Gainsborough Trinity football Club should be good enough to play in any game, otherwise they shouldn't be here."

Trinity now turn their attention to league matters and a trip to Bishop's Stortford on Saturday.

"That will be another tough game," said Housham.

"However, our away form has been pretty good and it's a game which we want three points from.

"It's always nice to have a Trophy run or a cup run, but the league is our main priority and we want to get up to within touching distance of the play-offs.

"This is my second November as manager and in the last one, I didn't even get one win, so I have put one ghost to bed and hopefully we can get another win on Saturday."

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