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Steve Housham believes Gainsborough Trinity can reach FA Trophy final

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: November 08, 2012

Gainsborough Trinity boss Steve Housham

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Steve Housham has the Wembley arch in his sights as Gainsborough Trinity prepare to begin their FA Trophy challenge on Saturday.

The Blues have been handed the most favourable of draws in the third qualifying round, where they will face Hinckley United at the Northolme (3pm).

Trinity smashed the Knitters 5-0 in Blue Square Bet North last week – with Dominic Knowles scoring four goals – and are favourites to reach the first round proper.

The Trophy is usually dominated by Blue Square Bet Premier sides.

However, clubs further down the pyramid have also had their moments in the competition, which is non-league's FA Cup.

Housham is drawing inspiration from Burscough, who became the smallest club ever to win the Trophy in 2003.

"You never know. I remember, when I was a player, Burscough went all the way and won it with Shaun Teale as manager," recalled Housham, who in the same year helped Brigg Town win the FA Vase.

"It's a good chance for these sorts of clubs. You're only six or seven games away from Wembley.

"It's down to the luck of the draw and luck of the game on the day."

However, Housham is refusing to take victory over Hinckley for granted, despite the Knitters' lowly status and the Blues' recent thumping victory over the Leicestershire club.

Hinckley have picked up just three points in the league so far this season, although they came in a 2-1 victory at Boston United in August.

And Housham insists caretaker boss Carl Heggs' side will pose a threat.

"We want a run in the Trophy, but it's not going to be easy," insisted Housham, who has challenged his side to bounce back from Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Boston.

"People think we're already through because we're playing Hinckley and we beat them 5-0 recently.

"But I thought Hinckley were a good, young side.

"It's about how we react following a defeat. We need to pick ourselves up.

"Complacency could creep in, but I will make sure that won't happen.

"We've got to go out there and make it happen on the day.

"While it's 0-0 they've got every chance to win the game.

"We've got be on our toes and give it a right go.

"They can beat teams. They've won one game all season, but that was away at Boston.

"They're not going to be taken lightly, that's for sure."

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