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We can dowse Dragons' fire, says Gainsborough Trinity's Simon Russell

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: February 15, 2013

Simon Russell

Gainsborough Trinity's Simon Russell

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Another star performance on Saturday has left Simon Russell convinced he is in the right place at the right time.

The combative midfielder produced a swashbuckling display at Droylsden to help Gainsborough Trinity to three more points as they maintained their superb form in Blue Square Bet North.

But it is to other matters that the Blues now turn, with a possible trip to Wembley within their grasp.

And Russell, who has played and lost at Wembley twice in Trophy finals with Kidderminster and York, is hoping to make it third time lucky.

The Blues are one round away from a visit to the national stadium, with Wrexham standing between them and an FA Trophy final appearance.

By his own admission, Russell had suffered a nightmare last 18 months, but then he arrived at the Northolme and things have started to look up.

"I feel like I have settled really well since I came here," said Russell.

"To be honest, my last 18 months in football have not gone for me at all, it has been a nightmare.

"But at Trinity I have really enjoyed it. I knew a lot of the lads anyway. There are no egos here, no little cliques.

"Everyone is working for everyone and you don't get that kind of atmosphere at many clubs, it makes a nice change.

"But the style of play here has really suited me. We like to get the ball down on the floor and play football.

"But look at the players I have around me here. There are some very good, technically gifted and talented players and it makes all the difference."

Trinity will travel to north Wales for the first leg of their semi-final against Wrexham on Saturday, with the second leg taking place at the Northolme seven days later.

And while the Dragons' lofty status in the Blue Square Bet Premier makes them favourites, former Lincoln City and Alfreton midfielder Russell sees no reason why Trinity can't overcome another side from a higher division.

"Wrexham are a good side and they have good players, they are not near the top of the Premier for nothing," said Russell.

"I played against them for Alfreton earlier this season and they were very good.

"But I have had eight seasons at Conference level now and I have a lot of experience.

"I am certain that this group of players would be able to compete in the Premier.

"I have played in two Wembley finals (in 2007 and 2009), but this would mean more to me than any of the others.

"I want to make it third time lucky with Gainsborough and, with this group of players, I believe we can."

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