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Full Time: Gainsborough Trinity 2 Wrexham 1 (Wrexham win 4-3 on aggregate)

By DMarshall__LE  |  Posted: February 23, 2013

Comments (1) Gainsborough Trinity missed out on their Wembley dream, but it was a close run thing.
It will be Wrexham who take up that final spot at the national stadium, but the little club from Lincolnshire can be proud of a great FA Trophy run.
Three Blue Square Bet Premier League sides have been beaten along the way and the Dragons were very nearly a fourth. But in the end it wasn't to be.
The game appeared to be heading for a 1-1 draw with Danny Wright and Terry Hawkridge scoring first half goals for their respective teams. But then, Trinity captain Michael Leary lit the blue touch paper as his defelcted goal set up a dramatic final 20 minutes at the Northlome.
Jamie Yates provided the first moment of quality with a run and cross from the right, but his cross was underhit and the Wrexham keeper got there first. After 17 minutes,Yates looked to put Darryn Stamp in, this time from the left, but again, the keeper was just there first. Trinity's Wembley dream took a blow when the Dragons took the lead after 21 minutes. Leading scorer Danny Wright stepped inside and hit a left-foot shot from 20 yards which curled expertly around Jan Budtz as the visitors took a 4-1 aggregate lead.
But the Trinity fans were lifted after 26 minutes when Jamie Yates nodded the ball down for Terry Hawkridge and the midfielder made no

mistake with a left foot strike which went in off the inside of the post from ten yards out. It could have been even better for Trinity two minutes later when Yates' corner was driven across and Stamp met the ball with a powerful header which flew inches wide.

The opening minutes of the second half saw Trinity go close on two occasions. First Bradley Barraclough, on for Nelthorpe, and then Darryn Stamp threatened for the home side.

Paul Connor was introduced for Trinity 25 minutes into the second half and almost had an emmediate impact when his cross from the left was almost headed goalwards by Barraclough. 

The Trinity frontman was in the thick of it again 12 minutes from time, but his header, from Russell's  cross was saved by Maxwell. 

Ten minutes from time and team skipper Michael Leary lit the blue touch paper with a deflected goal from just inside the area. The volume went up a notch and Trinity had the bit between their teeth as they chased that Wembley dream.

The final minutes saw Barraclough and Stamp have efforts cleared off the line as Trinity clung on to their dreams. But Wrexham, and despite a dramatic final seven minutes of injury time, they held on and ensured it would not be an all Lincolnshire final at the national stadium next month.

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  • MjCclarke  |  February 25 2013, 2:38PM

    Good effort Trinity, good luck with the BSN play off run in . . .from Boston United supporter, . . . . reality suggests we could be battling to stay up if we don't improve soon!

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