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Housham urges Gainsborough Trinity to build on fine performance

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: September 14, 2012

Gainsborough Trinity boss Steve Housham

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Gainsborough Trinity followed their worst home performance of the season with perhaps their best when defeating previously unbeaten Worcester City 1-0.

Manager Steve Housham publicly berated his players after they had conceded four goals in the first 45 minutes against Altrincham.

But with Worcester the visitors last Saturday, Housham was able to sleep soundly following a hard-earned 1-0 win thanks to Darryn Stamp's 84th minute strike.

The win, Trinity's first on home soil this campaign, has sent the Blues up to 13th in the Blue Square Bet North table and was achieved following a number of changes to the starting line-up.

Youngster Oli Banks came into the centre of midfield and former Lincoln City man Daniel Hone replaced Greg Young at the centre of defence.

Ex-Burnley striker Dominic Knowles was also brought in on a trial basis and showed flashes of promise when introduced after 60 minutes.

"Oli (Banks) has been with us during pre-season and has had to bide his time before getting an opportunity," explained Housham. "He is on a pay-as-you-go sort of deal and he did very well.

"Danny Hone was also excellent. He has had to wait for a start but he did very well.

"He put his body on the line and his head in where it hurts. He never put a foot wrong and it gives a situation where other players have to raise their game.

"It's great to have such competition for places.

"It's widely known we are looking for another striker. The name of Dominic Knowles came up and I received some good reports about him.

"He has come here and he is not costing the club anything. He's here on a trial basis and from what we have seen, we may have discovered a gem.

"There were some flashes of promise and he could well be involved again on Saturday as we have another look at him."

Saturday sees the Blues travel to West Midlands to take on a buoyant Solihul Moors, who enjoyed a 4-2 win at Droylsden last Saturday.

Other than an injury to club captain Micheal Leary, Housham has a clean bill of health.

"They (Solihull) turned us over last season, so we know it will be a tough," Housham said. "But there is a buzz around the place again and we will be trying to take that with us to Solihull.

"I am not going there to try and get a point. We will be going there to win."

Trinity have been drawn at home to Chester in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup.

The tie will take place on Saturday, September 22.

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