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Housham wants no slip-ups after Gainsborough Trinity's slaying of Solihull

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: January 04, 2013

Stamp of quality: Darryn Stamp scored a stunning goal in Trinity's 3-0 victory over Halifax on New Year's Day

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Steve Housham is demanding no more slip-ups after his team got the new year off to a flying start on Tuesday.

The Gainsborough Trinity boss says he will call for the same high standards his players have already set when Solihull Moors visit the Northolme on Saturday.

Housham was speaking following the Blues' 3-0 victory over FC Halifax Town in front of a 906-strong crowd.

The result saw Trinity leapfrog Halifax into fourth place in Blue Square Bet North and Housham wants nothing less than three points again this weekend as the Blues target a place in the play-offs for the second season running.

"I don't want any more slip-ups," said Housham.

"I see the loss against Stalybridge as a slip-up and the Halifax defeat away was a slip-up.

"We need to set our standards and they need to be where they were against Halifax.

"The players know it will not be a game we can just turn up and win. We will have to graft like we did against Halifax and I will demand they do that.

"Solihull will be another tough game, but we are at home again on Saturday and I want another three points. We have a clean bill of health and it's all systems go.

"We have got ourselves into a good position. What a great start to the new year this is."

Housham was delighted after his side beat high-flying Halifax thanks to goals from Craig Nelthorpe, Terry Hawkridge and Darryn Stamp.

The first half ended goal-less despite Trinity hitting the bar and the post in an end-to-end opening 45 minutes.

But the Blues' luck changed after 52 minutes when Nelthorpe's hopeful drive took a deflection and looped over the keeper to put the hosts ahead.

Hawkridge then made no mistake from the penalty spot after Bradley Barraclough had been brought down following a surging run into the area.

But the goal of the game was provided by Stamp, who blasted home a volley after a glorious Dominic Roma pass.

"The best team won and we deserved the victory," said Housham.

"I can't remember our keeper Jan (Budtz) having a save to make. I was very pleased with the way we went about it.

"The first half seemed almost slow motion, it just needed that little bit of urgency.

"We looked the most dangerous, we wanted to play football and, in spells, it was good football.

"The pleasing thing for me was the way everybody worked together. As a group they were fantastic.

"We brought Craig Nelthorpe in for Jonathan D'Laryea because we thought it just gave us that bit of balance and a left-sided player for the way we wanted to set up.

"In the second half Craig got on the ball and was more positive in his movement.

"But we won't get away without a mention for the old war horse Darryn Stamp. He was superb.

"He took his goal so well over his shoulder. It was great goal and I was delighted for Darryn.

"It gets us off to the best possible start to the year and long may that continue."

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