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Housham ready for emotional FA Trophy quarter-final against Barrow

By DMarshall__LE  |  Posted: February 05, 2013

Gainsborough Trinity manager Steve Housham ready for a big night at the Northolme

Gainsborough Trinity manager Steve Housham ready for a big night at the Northolme

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Former Barrow player Steve Housham is in no doubt about how tough tonight's FA Trophy quarter-final will be.

The Gainsborough Trinity manager is hoping his team can overcome another Blue Square Premier side after already dumping Forest Green Rovers and Tamworth in earlier rounds.

Tonight's home tie presents Housham with his first meeting against his former club since he left in 2003, and it's an encounter he is looking forward to.

"I still have some friends there," he said. "It will be emotional for me, because I had three superb years at the club. Their fans are excellent. There will be a lot travelling with their team. At home they get 1,200 week in week out and they are very passionate."

Barrow come in to this game having earned a surprise 1-0 draw against high-flying Luton on Saturday, and, as they are from a league higher than the Blues, should start the game as favourites to progress to the two-legged semi-final against Wrexham.   

"I hope Barrow watched us in the first half against Boston and then went home thinking that is all we have got, because we were rubbish," Housham joked. "This is now a chance for us to go and make a bit of history. I'll be telling the players to go and enjoy it and express themselves. Who knows what will happen, but we will give it our best shot.

"I would think that skipper Michael Leary will be back today. We missed him a little against Boston, but he will be 100 per cent fit for the Barrow game."

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