Gainsborough Trinity veteran Darryn Stamp takes blame for Guiseley goal
Darryn Stamp has held up his hands and taken responsibility for Guiseley's opening goal last night.
The Gainsborough Trinity player/assistant boss made his first start in the Skrill North campaign during the home clash with the West Yorkshire outfit.
All was going well for the veteran striker, who was causing the visitors problems during an impressive first half.
However, two minutes before half time, the 34-year-old won the ball superbly for his side but his pass went straight to a Guiseley midfielder.
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The mistake led to the Lions taking a 1-0 lead at the break.
"I hold my hands up for the first goal," said Stamp.
"I know I have to do better when in that position.
I did well to get hold of it to be fair, but then I gave away a poor pass, which was a schoolboy error.
"But having said that, I gave the ball away 30 yards from their goal. If we concede a goal every time I do that then we are going to have a very long season."
The one mistake aside, it was a strong performance for the former Scunthorpe frontman. Concerns over his fitness were dismissed early in the game as he gave the Guiseley defenders a torrid time in a promising start for the Blues.
"I felt good fitness-wise. Considering I have not played many games I even felt like I was getting stronger in the second half, so that’s a good sign for me.
"It is still positive. Two defeats is nothing. We have been saying in the dressing room the season we got to the play-offs we actually lost our first four matches.
"From that point of view it’s not a concern. We have two games coming up over the weekend on Saturday and Monday, and hopefully on Monday evening we will be sitting on six points.
"There was possibly a lack of chances created against Guiseley. I had one in the first half and Bradley Barraclough had another when he was one-on-one with the keeper. But apart from that we have huffed and puffed really without creating a great deal.
"But it is early days, that is the first time we have played 4-3-3, so from that point of view it might take a bit of getting used to."