Steve Housham: Derby clash is a game we could do without
Steve Housham admits the passionate nature of Saturday’s derby fixture against Boston United is a game his side could do without.
Housham’s Trinity side are due to travel to the Jakemans Stadium to take on their Lincolnshire rivals in the semi-final of the County Cup.
However, with the game coming just seven days before the start of the new Skrill North campaign, Housham is looking beyond Saturday to his first league game away at Vauxhall Motors and his priority is to have a fully fit squad.
“It will be a competitive fixture on Saturday,” said Housham.
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“But really it is one we could do without just before the season starts.
“I remember in previous seasons, this same competition has pitched us against Boston United and previously it has brought injuries to important players.
“Not only that, but we have also previously had bookings in this fixture which have had a bearing on the start of the league campaign.
“It’s not a massive competition, but because it is against our county rivals it adds to the occasion.
“There will never be a game between Boston and Gainsborough which is not competitive.
“As long as we get through the game without a lot of injuries. That is my main concern for this weekend.”
The Trinity boss will be forced to watch from the stands on Saturday after being sent from the dugout during last season’s visit to Colwyn Bay.
Assistant boss Darryn Stamp will take charge of the team, who completed their pre-season friendly fixtures on Tuesday evening with a 2-1 win against Gainsborough Town.
Goals came from Stamp himself, who was making his first appearance of the summer and then from Trinity youngster Ward Wisdom-Lockwood, with the latter forcing himself into contention for Saturday’s County Cup squad.
“It was a good workout for both teams and there were some good performances from our youngsters,” added Housham.
“Ward has been on the fringe of the first team for a while and he played very well on Tuesday.
“He could very well be involved in the squad for Boston on Saturday.
“Obviously we want to win the game. I think both teams will be sensible, but it is a county derby and it is always a competitive fixture.
“Everyone is fit and healthy and hopefully that will be the same story after the game on Saturday.”
Long-time Boston target Josh Wilde will be suspended for Saturday’s meeting as he serves out the second game of a two-match suspension.