Striker Brad admits stint on bench kicked him into life
Brad Barraclough says he has worked hard to force his way back into Steve Housham's side and does not intend to lose his shirt again.
The former Lincoln City frontman scored his first goal of the season, at home against Harrogate Town in Trinity's 2-0 win.
But it has been his all-round contributions and hard work which have impressed the Trinity supporters.
Barraclough appeared to have a guaranteed place in the Blues' front line at the start of the season, due to the departures of Paul Conner, Jamie Yates, Terry Hawkridge and, most recently, Mark Jones.
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However, a desperate start to the season for Trinity saw the 24-year-old lose his place as Housham turned to the loan market to increase his firepower.
"It was a terrible start for us and Housh (Steve Housham) dropped a few players and brought in some fresh faces," said Barraclough.
"I think it was a wake-up call for a few of the players, including me.
"I think we all knew in ourselves where we were going wrong, you only had to look at the table.
"But we pulled together and after we got that first win the others followed and then the confidence starts kicking in.
"Housh did the right thing. It was probably what we needed.
"For me personally I know it made me get my head down and work hard and now I am back in the team I will give it my all to keep the shirt."
After a weekend free due to Trinity's recent disqualification from the FA Cup, Barraclough believes his team-mates can focus on the future and put the cup saga behind them.
He is hoping to be involved again for this Saturday's trip to unbeaten Solihull Moors and has no doubts over the size of the task facing the team.
"We can't dwell on the cup thing," said Barraclough.
"These things happen in football and we can't let it upset our recent form.
"Solihull are unbeaten and they are in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup, so they are a side in form.
"It will be a very tough game for us, but we are very confident right now and we believe we can get something from the match.
"Having drastically turned around our fortunes, I think we should take a lot of confidence from that."
Barraclough's first goal of the season came thanks to an assist from strike partner and assistant manager Darryn Stamp.
And in the previous game, against Rushall Olympic in the FA Cup, the roles were reversed when a Barraclough header set up Stamp to score.
"I am enjoying my football and my partnership with Stampy. Some might say I am doing his running for him," Barraclough joked.
"But I have played up front with him a few times now and we seem to be building a good relationship.
"He is very experienced and he knows what he's doing. He seems to be able to read the game so well and he is very good with the use of the ball."
Barraclough, who is a graduate of Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, has not given up hope of playing higher up the football ladder.
"I am like any other footballer, I want to play as high as I possibly can," he added.
"But right now I am concentrating on working hard and keeping my place in the Gainsborough Trinity side.
"It's hard to predict what we can achieve this season, but I believe, and the rest of the lads believe, we can have a good season."
Solihull Moors (a), Saturday, October, 19, 3pm