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In-form Gainsborough Trinity turn up the heat on rivals Boston United

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: November 01, 2012

Steve Housham

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Gainsborough Trinity boss Steve Housham is refusing to play mind games ahead of their derby clash with Boston as they look to retain county pride.

The Blues travel to the Jakemans Stadium on the back of a 5-0 demolition of Hinckley in Blue Square Bet North.

Last season Trinity boss Steve Housham labelled his derby opponents "noisy neighbours", but paid respect to his opposite number Jason Lee ahead of the showdown.

"It was a bit tongue in cheek last year to rally things up, but this year we go down there in a good spirit," said Housham.

"Jason Lee has got a good side together, we're pushing on and the fans will be worked up for it already, without the need for any comments.

"I'm expecting it to be noisy, though. They will outnumber us, but we will give it our best shot."

When they visited Boston last season, the Blues were pushing for a play-off spot.

The sides battled out a full-blooded contest with Trinity edging their hosts 2-1.

The win put them in the thick of the promotion race, but Housham revealed that it was county pride that mattered more to the people he spoke to in Gainsborough.

"When I spoke to people in the town a lot of them were not caught up in the play-offs," said Housham.

"For them it was about just beating Boston, it is a big day for both sets of fans.

"Last time out at York Street it lived up to the billing. It was not a dirty match, but it was good derby clash played in good spirit.

"It was a great atmosphere and those are the ones you want to be playing in.

"But we don't want to get caught up in the commotion, we just want to go and play a good game of football. I'm sure Jason Lee will be the same."

The result against Hinckley has lifted the spirits of Trinity, who are now eighth in the table, two points off the play-off places.

Their run of form has given Housham plenty to think about, with several players vying for a place, including ex-Boston winger Jamie Yates.

"Boston have had some good results, they are beating some very good teams. Jason Lee has got them well organised and it will be a tough test," said Housham.

"I changed it round for Hinckley and it is fair to say that some of the lads really impressed. I've got a bit of a headache when it comes to what team I will select.

"Last season I gave Yatesy the captain's armband for the game, which gave it a bit of an edge.

"This time I will keep my cards close to my chest for that selection though.

"But I said to the lads after the Hinckley game, you can be top or bottom of the league, but when it comes to a derby game it doesn't matter.

"You have to go there and perform because it is a day for the fans more than it is for the players.

"Both sets of fans will be up for it, even if they have 1,200 more than we do, we will go out there and give it our best."

Housham has no injury concerns, but keeper Jan Budtz is expected to miss out due to family reasons while defender Danny Hone is suspended.

Trinity will face Hinckley again on Saturday, November 10 after being drawn to face the Knitters at home in the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy.

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