Gainsborough Trinity warned to prepare for rollercoaster end-of-season finale
Gainsborough Trinity fans are being warned to prepare for a rollercoaster ride as the season heads into the home straight.
Trinity have slipped to sixth, out of the Blue Square Bet North play-off places, despite a 2-0 win at Hinckley on Saturday.
With Chester running away with the league, the Blues' only route to promotion into the Blue Square Bet Premier would be via the play-offs.
However, boss Steve Housham, whose side lost out in last season's play-off final, is warning his troops to be ready for a tough and emotional run-in.
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"We have 14 games left now and all the games seem to be going the same kind of way, so we will have to hold on to our hats because it is going to be a rollercoaster ride," said Housham.
"Hopefully it doesn't go down to the last game again like last season.
"We know what we need and that's to keep chalking the games off and taking the three points.
"The lads have been tired, mentally and physically. It's been a tough old couple of weeks, with all the travelling we have been doing and games we have been playing.
"But we have to get into them that this is a mental thing and we have to be brave."
The courage of the Trinity players will be tested again on Saturday when they travel to Oxford City for the first time in their history.
"We go again next week. It will be a tough place to go, Oxford," added Housham.
"It's a new place for us. I have never been there and I don't think the club have ever been there.
"It will be a new environment for us but we will go there and put on a performance. We need another three points."
Trinity earned three points at bottom club Hinckley thanks to a first half brace from Paul Connor.
The former Lincoln City striker has been out of Housham's starting line-up due to a groin injury, but was brought back into the team and rewarded his manager with both Trinity goals.
"I was delighted for Paul. He has been out for a while, but has been champing at the bit to get back in the side.
"He got two goals and almost made it a hat-trick.
"We created a lot of chances and we had the chances to win the game more comfortably.
"You are supposed to win 10-0 or something when you come here, but that kind of thing just doesn't happen.
"It is a difficult place to go. All credit to Hinckley, they gave it a real go.
"I was disappointed with our standards, I thought we let them slip a little against Hinckley.
"But you are on a hiding to nothing when you come away to the team at the bottom of the table."