Full Time: Gainsborough Trinity 2 Barrow 1
Mark Jones was the hero today as the Gainsborough Trinity substitute scored in the 92nd minute to give his side their first win of the season.
The last minute goal lifted the mood and the noise levels at the Northolme as Steve Housham’s side finally put points on the board.
Trinity fans were heartbroken after they saw the visitors level the scores in the second half as the game appeared to be heading for a draw.
A superbly crafted goal from Dan Clayton opened the scoring after 25 minutes. First-time passes from Conner Robinson and Liam Davis, who found Clayton in the middle. His first time shot showed more than an edge of composure for a young player.
Clayton almost did it again with a free-kick from 25 yards out but his dipping, swerving shot was tipped over by Tony McMillan.
The second half brought chances for both sides early on, but a free-kick on 68 minutes found Gareth Arnison, who’s shot was saved by Barnes. However the Trinity keeper could do nothing to prevent Rushton from following up to tap home.
Trinity’s young strike force pressed for the winner with Robinson and Oates looking dangerous on the approach, but generally disappointing in the final third.
The nervous Trinity supporters seemed to have accepted the one point, but were on their feet in the final minute when Jones burst through and curled his shot around the keeper with seconds of the game remaining.
With a busy seven days facing the Blues, the three points will give them a huge boost in confidence.