Housham hails goalkeeper Jan Budtz ahead of Gainsborough Trinity’s FA Trophy test
Steve Housham will be hoping for another man-of-the-match performance from goalkeeper Jan Budtz when Gainsborough Trinity come up against Forest Green Rovers on Saturday.
The Trinity number one was in unbeatable form as the Blues warmed up for this weekend's FA Trophy clash with an efficient 1-0 win at Altrincham.
While substitute Bradley Barraclough scored the winning goal for Trinity, it was the heroics of Budtz against a dangerous Altrincham forward line which helped seal maximum points for Housham's side.
"I was pleased for Bradley Barraclough for popping up with the goal, but also for the heroics of Jan Budtz, who was absolutely superb in that game," he said.
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"But the whole team were superb, they worked hard and got their rewards.
"However, Budtz was fantastic. A Football League goalkeeper would have been proud of that performance.
"Before the game he was struggling a bit with his hamstring so to perform the way he did was tremendous."
Trinity now have a break from Blue Square Bet North as they prepare for a daunting FA Trophy trip to the Blue Square Bet Premier high-flyers.
"There is no pressure on us now going into the FA Trophy game," added Housham.
"Forest Green Rovers are flying high in the league above us, but we will go there in the middle of a good run.
"We will go and enjoy ourselves and give it our best shot. They will be expected to win the match, but we will be doing our best to upset the apple cart.
"We will be full of confidence and we will be able to relax. We may end up playing even better than we have been doing."
With just one defeat in their last 11 matches, Trinity have been playing pretty well, and Saturday's performance at Altrincham was no different.
Altincham's in-demand leading goal scorer Damian Reeves was restricted to half-chances by a disciplined performance from the Trinity defence.
And, on the break, the Blues were unlucky not to score more through Dominic Knowles and Darryn Stamp.
"Altrincham are a good footballing side," said Housham.
"We didn't really keep the ball well enough, but we assessed that at half-time and a few things were said.
"Bradley (Barraclough) came back in, he has worked ever so hard, he needs goals and he deserved that one and hopefully that will kick him on.
"While we have had the strikers firing on all cylinders it has been hard to get Bradley in the team, but he has got his head down and he will be happier after getting that goal. It was a very tidy finish."