Next up in our pre-season analysis is Gainsborough Trinity, who finished in a strong 6th place position last season.
The Lincolnshire-based club will be looking to push on after coming agonisingly close to finishing in the play-off places. They’ll no doubt be disappointed they didn’t get promoted at the first time of asking.
After being relegated from the National League North in the 2017/18 season, Trinity would have been looking to bounce straight back up, unfortunately for them they had to settle with a 6th place finish, with one point separating them from play-off contention.
The club won 19 of their 40 league matches, drawing nine and losing 13. They finished with a goal difference of just 12; a low figure compared to the teams around them in the table. Gainsborough scored 53 goals, which is the lowest figure in the top six.
That is something that manager, Dominic Roma will be looking to improve on if they’re planning on making a promotion push this season, and it is fair to say that they have been very active in this transfer window to try and do that.
Trinity have made nine new signings this summer, including the additions of sharp shooting forward Brodie Litchfield, pacey winger Rob Orlando Young and forward Curtis Morrison who returns for his second spell at the club.
The other signings consist of Harry Middleton, former Hull City player Sam Topliss, midfield powerhouse Kingsley James, 6ft 5inch goalkeeper Joe Green and 31-year-old defender Nathan Hotte.
The Holy Blues have gone through a difficult but beneficial pre-season so far, losing 1-0 to South Shields followed by a narrow 2-0 defeat to League One outfit Doncaster Rovers. In their latest pre-season friendly they ran out 5-2 winners against Bottesford Town.
The Dolly Blues face promotion hopefuls Gainsborough Trinity at The Northolme on August 31st at 3pm.
By Adam Smith