Housham’s joy as local players make an impact

Gainsborough Trinity (blue) v Boston United in the the Lincs Senior Shield Final at the Northolme, Gainsborough on Tuesday. Boston ran out winners with a 3-1 victory
Gainsborough Trinity (blue) v Boston United in the the Lincs Senior Shield Final at the Northolme, Gainsborough on Tuesday. Boston ran out winners with a 3-1 victory

Gainsborough Trinity manager Steve Housham says he’s delighted to see local players made an impact for his side, after their 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday on Friday night.

Former Gainsborough Town midfielder Greg Andrews played a key role in the games’ only goal, slotting in Bradley Barraclough just after the half-time break, something that the Blues’ manager says is ample reward for their efforts.

“It’s good to see the local guys doing well at this level,” he told the Standard.

“We’ll see how they go over the next few games and take it from there.”

Housham returned to the Gainsborough Trinity dugout after missing the previous game with Scunthorpe due to a family holiday, and was impressed by his side’s showing against the Championship club’s development team.

“We’ll not see many teams that pass the ball as well as that this season,” said the Trinity boss.

“They worked us hard and even though the result is secondary to the performance at this stage, it’s good to build a winning mentality.”

A youthful Owls side started brightly under the watchful eye of first team manager Dave Jones, but Gainsborough were to have the best change of the half as Barraclough managed to defeat the goalkeeper but not the frame of the goal after half an hour.

Housham made nine changes at the start of the second half, but his decision to keep his strikers on was vindicated shortly after the restart as Barraclough opened the scoring.

A deft touch by Andrews presented the striker with an opportunity that he gladly seized, firing the ball past England Under 18s stopper Cameron Dawson in the Wednesday goal.

Wednesday threatened an equalizer but substitute goalkeeper Michael Emery proved more than a match for their efforts as Trinity closed the game out without too many dramas.