Taking a look at Gainsborough v County

BACK TO THE LEAGUE

Back to League action for the Hatters after the frustrations of last Saturday's cup-tie for our month away from Edgeley Park. The team lie in a position to mount a sustained challenge during the second quarter of the season, and a few of the first team men got some scoring practice in mid-week, so hopefully they will kept those shooting boots on as and when they are available for the first team.

PAST MEETINGS

Saturday 15 September 1900, the first time County visited Gainsborough. That came in our first Football League season when we joined the Lincolnshire side for their 5th season in the second tier of English football. This makes Chorley the only current season opponents we have met earlier in our history. The teams met each season until 1911-12 - apart from County's one year dip back into non-league football - with County failing to win any of the 11 games. An FA Cup qualifying defeat joined the list of failures a couple of seasons later and then the teams avoided each other until we dropped to our current level. In that trip to Northolme, Trinity's ground since the season after County were formed. The County players wrapped up that missing victory in fine style thanks to a goals from Iain Howard on 41 minutes, Chris Churchman [70] and a hat-trick from Kristian Dennis [3 14 & 55].


Iain Howard


Links to the match reports from that game and last season's 0-2 defeat are included below.

1900-01 FL 15 Sep 0-2
1901-02 FL 28 Dec 1-1
1902-03 FL 10 Jan* 1-1
      FL 7 Feb 0-0
1903-04 FL 30 Jan 2-2
1904-05 MG 27 Mar 1-4
1905-06 FL 9 Sep 0-0
1906-07 FL 5 Jan 1-3
1907-08 FL 4 Jan 2-3
1908-09 FL 26 Dec 2-3
1909-10 FL 12 Feb 0-1
1910-11 FL 4 Feb 0-0
1911-12 FL 27 Apr 0-0
1913-14 FQ 29 Nov 2-3
2013-14 NN 4 Jan 5-1 [match report]
2014-15 NN 17 Jan 0-2 [match report]
County score given first, FL - Football League (* later officially abandoned), FQ - FA Cup Qualifying Round, MG - Midland League (County officially had no reserve team this season, but Midland Lge side was usually the weaker selection, Gainsborough Reserves), NN - National League North


CURRENT FORM

Trinity have not been on the best of form in the League during September, but have won their last two games - a 2-0 victory at Gloucester City, followed by last weekend's victory over Boston United, by the same scoreline, in the FA Cup Before that you have to go back to the Bank Holiday weekend for their previous victory, also against the Pilgrims. Their problem during this period has generally been the same as County's, a lack of goals - failing to score in three of their last five League games. A shame they seem to have started finding the net again just before facing County.

CURRENT CONNECTIONS

There is one man in the Trinity line-up who has previously played for County. Top scorer Nick Bignall joined Trinity from Basingstoke Town during the summer, after a trial at Lincoln.

Nick Bignall.

He has since gone on to score 5 goals, although he has been dropped to the bench for the last two games. Nick put in a 13 game stint for County during our season in administration. Gary Ablett brought him on loan from Reading early in the season and he scored three times before returning to his parent club in December. Most of his football during his Reading days was played out on loan, and he also suffered problems with injuries that hampered his progress. Eventually released in March 2014, he dropped into non-league football with Basingstoke.

GAINSBOROUGH SQUAD

Most of the Gainsborough squad have been together from last season - with no less than 13 of the men below having been on the team sheet for Trinity in previous games against the Hatters. D'Laryea, Jarman, Wilson and Yates faced us in their North Ferriby United days. Although in Jarman's case his most memorable game against us came back in March 2012 when he scored a hat-trick including two penalties for Alfreton.


NameApp.GlsPosKnown Past Clubs (may not be complete)
Jan Budtz 6+1..1 G B 1909 [den], FC Nordsj√¶lland [den], Doncaster Rov, Wolverhampton W(L), Hartlepool U, Oldham Ath(L), Eastwood T, Stalybridge Cel, Buxton, Gainsborough Tr, Worksop T
Jonathan Hedge 2+1..0 G Harrogate T, FC Halifax T, Tamworth, Cambridge U, Southport(L), Grimsby T, Matlock T(L), AFC Telford U, North Ferriby U(L)
Marc Newsham 2+2..0 F Rotherham U, Sheffield(L), Gainsborough Tr(L), Ilkeston T(L), Boston U
Adam Quinn 9..5 CD Halifax T, Crawley T, Darlington, Barrow(L), Darlington, Forest Green Rov(L), Alfreton T, Bradford PA, Worksop T(L)
Dominic Roma 5+1..2 D Sheffield U, Boston U(L), Hinckley U(L), Tamworth(L), Hinckley U, Alfreton T, Harrogate T
Chris Salt 6+5..2 CD Sheffield U, Worksop T, DR to Frickley Ath(DR)
Matt Wilson 0..0 CD Darlington, Grantham, Worksop T, Boston U, Alfreton T, Guiseley(L), North Ferriby U
Charlie Binns 0..0 M York C, Tadcaster A, Biggleswade T, Eynesbury Rov, Histon
Steve Brogan 2+1..0 M Rotherham U, Stalybridge Cel(L), Stalybridge Cel, Guiseley, Forest Green Rov, Southoirtm, Stalybridge Cel
Jonathan D'Laryea 4..0 M Manchester C, Northwich Vic, Eastwood T, Gainsborough Tr, N Ferriby U
Daniel Forrest 7..0 Bradford C, Halifax T, Hucknall T (L), Crawley T, Barrow, Guiseley (L), Guiseley, Bradford PA, Ossett T, Workington, Guiseley, Gainsborough Tr
Simon Russell 0+4..1 M Hull C, Kidderminster H, York C, Tamworth(L), Cambridge U, Lincoln C, Alfreton T
Jamie Yates 2+3..1 M Rotherham U, Burton A, Retford, Alfreton T, Boston U, Gainsborough Tr, North Ferriby U, Matlock T(L)
Nick Bignall 11..0 F/M Reading, Northampton T(L), COUNTY(L), Cheltenham T(L), Southampton(L), AFC Bournemouth(L), Brentford(L), Exeter C(L), Wycombe W(L), Basingstoke T, Sutton U, Hayes & Yeading U, Basingstoke T
Liam Davis 11..0 W Selby, Armthorpe, Brigg T
Nathan Jarman 5+4..4 F Barnsley, Bury, Grimsby T, Alfreton T, Corby T, Worksop T, Chester, North Ferriby U
Lynton Karkach 11..0 F Gainsborough Tr, Belper T
Josh Lacey 11..3 D Scunthorpe U
Jake Picton 9+1..0 D Scunthorpe U, Gainsborough Tr(L), Ilkeston T, Harrogate T, Frickley
Cameron Rigby 1..0 F Morecambe
Darryn Stamp 4+5..3 F Scunthorpe U, Halifax T, Scarborough, Northampton T, Chester C, Kidderminster H(L), Stevenage Bor, York C(L), Halifax T, Northwich Vic, Gateshead(L), Gainsborough Tr, Guiseley



THE SEASON SO FAR

If you don't like stats I'd give the rest of this blog entry a miss. With a quarter of the National League North season gone I've put together some of the facts and figures for the League season so far. Looking at the League table, the majority of teams are probably more or less where they expected to be at this stage. The biggest underachievers are are cleearly AFC Telford United, but getting out of that losing rut following relegation can be difficult, as the County fans know only too well. Nuneaton Town are probably the promoted team whose position is most surprising, given they changed manager during the summer and consequently brought in a fair few new players - breaking up their promoted squad to some extent. Of the mid-table sides, the two who will be most disappointed are Chorley and Boston United. Both would have expected to be challenging at the top from the start. Boston's manager has even been trying to reassure their fans that they can still make the play-offs. It seems a bit early for such statements to be required, but I guess with three managers already leaving their posts the pressure is on if your team is perceived to be underachieving.

Home Away
Pos Pl W D L F A W D L F A GD Pt
1 Solihull Moors 10 5 0 0 10 1 3 2 0 12 5 16 26
2 AFC Fylde 11 3 2 1 13 7 4 0 1 10 5 11 23
3 Nuneaton T 11 3 2 1 8 5 3 1 1 8 4 7 21
4 Harrogate T 11 3 2 1 10 9 3 0 2 7 3 5 20
5 Tamworth 11 2 3 0 5 3 2 4 0 8 5 5 19
6 COUNTY 11 2 3 1 5 6 3 1 1 7 5 1 19
7 North Ferriby U 11 2 3 0 9 2 1 4 1 13 12 8 16
8 Alfreton T 11 3 2 1 10 5 1 2 2 6 7 4 16
9 Chorley 11 2 0 3 7 6 3 1 2 8 11 -2 16
10 Stalybridge Cel 11 3 1 2 7 6 1 2 2 9 9 1 15
11 Gainsborough Tr 11 2 2 1 6 5 2 1 3 7 8 0 15
12 FCU of Manchester 11 2 2 1 9 8 2 0 4 7 10 -2 14
13 Hednesford T 11 2 2 1 10 11 1 2 3 7 11 -5 13
14 Boston U 11 2 1 3 6 11 2 0 3 9 9 -5 13
15 Lowestoft T 11 2 1 2 8 7 1 2 3 5 8 -2 12
16 Corby T 11 2 1 3 10 12 0 4 1 8 9 -3 11
17 Gloucester C 11 2 1 2 4 6 1 1 4 4 10 -8 11
18 Brackley T 11 2 2 2 9 10 0 2 3 4 8 -5 10
19 Worcester C 11 1 1 3 8 12 1 2 3 5 8 -7 9
20 Curzon Ashton 10 1 1 2 4 6 0 4 2 8 10 -4 8
21 Bradford PA 10 1 3 1 9 9 0 2 3 2 6 -4 8
22 AFC Telford U 10 1 2 3 3 8 0 0 4 1 7 -11 5


PLAYERS AND GOALS

The table below gives details of the number of players used by the National League North clubs so far. Having a settled side certainly seems to bring its rewards, with four of the top five sides starting with the 7 or more of the same players in each game. Although, of course, the fact they are near the top of the table reduces the need for changes to be made. County's total of ever presents is lower than was probably planned at the start of the season, but injuries, those suspensions, and a willingness to swap players when the games come thick-and fast, have had an impact.
Team Players
Used
Started
all games
Players
Scored
Top Scorer
COUNTY 20 1 8 3 Callum Dyson
AFC Fylde 24 5 10 5 Dion Charles
AFC Telford U 22 2 3 2 Sean Clancy
Alfreton T 20 1 10 3 two players
Boston U 24 3 5 8 Dayle Southwell
Brackley T 20 3 6 5 Steve Diggin
Bradford PA 24 2 4 5 Chub Chilaka
Chorley 20 3 7 7 Josh Hine
Corby T 19 3 4 6 Ashley Sammons
Curzon Ashton 21 2 6 4 Matt Warburton
FCUM 20 3 8 4 Sam Madeley
Gainsborough Tr 18 3 5 5 Nick Bignall
Gloucester C 23 5 5 3 Obi Anoruo
Harrogate T 18 7 5 8 Brendan Daniels
Hednesford T 21 5 10 3 two players
Lowestoft T 22 3 5 6 Jake Reed
North Ferriby U 18 4 7 7 Curtis Bateson
Nuneaton T 20 7 8 6 Aaron Williams
Solihull Moors 16 7 9 6 Darryl Knights
Stalybridge Cel 18 5 10 3 Bohan Dixon
Tamworth 19 8 5 6 Elliott Durrell
Worcester C 26 0 6 4 Lee Hughes


ATTENDANCES

The FCUM game against Curzon Ashton is still the biggest attraction in the division to date, and helps them sit top of the average attendance charts, with County in second. It will be interesting to see what turnout they get with tonights first ever Friday night game at their new ground. Some teams are surviving on very small crowds, although at the bottom of the list Curzon Ashton will get a boost next month when the Hatters visit their 4,000 capacity ground. On the chart below the FC column shows clubs that have hosted the two highest attended sides.

Team Pl Total Avg Highest
FCUM 5 16,931 3,386 3,830 v Curzon Ashton C
COUNTY 6 18,784 3,131 3,628 v Stalybridge Cel
Chorley 5 65,93 1,319 1,876 v FCUM CF
Telford 6 7,492 1,249 1,568 v COUNTY C
Boston 6 6,513 1,086 1,187 v Tamworth
Tamworth 5 4,636 927 1,436 v Nuneaton T
Nuneaton 6 4,694 782 1,047 v COUNTY C
Lowestoft 5 3,423 685 1,154 v FCUM F
Corby 6 3,987 665 760 v Solihull Moors
Stalybridge 6 3,943 657 1,775 v FCUM F
Worcester 5 2904 581 668 v Tamworth
Gloucester 5 2,855 571 1,451 v FCUM F
Hednesford 5 2,822 564 927 v FCUM F
Fylde 6 3,270 545 1,077 v COUNTY CF
Alfreton 6 3252 542 612 v Brackley T
Solihull 5 2,511 502 806 v Harrogate T
Gainsborough 5 2,430 486 846 v Boston U
Harrogate 6 2,757 460 678 v Bradford PA
Bradford 5 1741 348 452 v AFC Telford U
North Ferriby 5 1,481 296 335 v Chorley
Brackley 6 1,701 284 356 v Hednesford T
Curzon Ashton 4 1,063 266 337 v Nuneaton T


COUNTY APPEARANCES AND GOALS

FIRST TEAM

Baggie 2+2..1; Colley 2+3..0; Connolly 5...0; Dyson 7+1..3; Ellison 2+3..1; Evans 3+4..0; Garvin 3+6..1; Gonzales 4+6..0; Hamilton 1...0; Hazeldine 3+1..0; Hurst D 12...0; Kirby 6+1..1; Ledsham 8+1..1; Montrose 11+1..0; Morton 9...0; Odejayi 11...2; O'Hanlon 11...0; Roberts 11...0; Robinson A 2+2..0; Rule 8...2; Thorniley 11...0.

Out of the FA Cup, County's next break from League action will be when we enter the FA Trophy on 28 November, the draw is scheduled to take place on 16 November. In the Cheshire Senior Cup the side have a bye through the first round due to last season's achievement in reaching the semi-finals. Totals above are for all League and Cup games.

RESERVE TEAM

Lancashire Football League South Division: currently 4th. Totals below cover League and Cup games.
Arklie-Young 2+2..0; Armstrong 1...0; Baggie 1...2; Blackwell 1+2..0; Brown 0+1..0; Chambers 1+4..0; Churchman 2...0; Connolly 1...0; Coombe 3...0; Crosthwaite 0+1..0; Duxbury 2...0; Ellison 1...0; Etches 1+2..1; Evans 1...3; Farrington 6...1; Faux 2+1..0; Fitton 5...0; Fulwood 7...1; Garvin 1...0; Hancock 3...0; Hartley 1+2..1; Havern 1...0; Hindle 1...0; Hoctor 1...0; Holsgrove 1...0; Holt 1...1; Hurst J 1...1; Joyce 1...1; Knowles 2...0; Lazenbury 1...0; Morton 1...0; Mullins 2...0; Murray 4+1..1; O'Brien 2...0; Ormson 1...0; Recizac 2...2; Rogers 2+2..1; Rokka 0+1..0; Russell 2...2; Scott 0+1..0; Tinker 1...0; Tyson 2...0; Walters 2+1..1; West 7...5. 


At present home games are being switched to Atherton Collieries' ground, but the club advises that this decision will reviewed each month, so there is the prospect of more games being at County's home in later months. Following the cracking second leg League Cup victory on Wednesday the next chance to watch the reserves locally comes when the side are due to travel to Hyde United on 22 October. This game is currently listed as being played at Abbey Hey's ground, not far from Reddish at Goredale Avenue in Gorton. As always with reserve games its worth checking nearer the date if the match is going ahead. 

ACADEMY TEAM

The Lancashire FA U18 Floodlit League: currently 2nd
Armstrong 1...0; Bardsley-Rowe 1...0; Brown 2...0; Chambers 1...0; Downing 2...0; Etches 1...0; Havern 2...0; Holt 1...1; Knowles A 1...0; O'Brien 2...0; O'Toole 1...0; Robertson 2...0; Robinson Z 0+1..1; Scott 2...3; Stelfox 1...0; Whitty 2...0. 

The Academy side are based at Myerscough College.

Ian Watts

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