Wembley trip motivating Gainsborough Trinity's Dominic Roma ahead of FA Trophy tie
The prospect of a trip to Wembley is all the incentive Gainsborough Trinity will need to produce their best on Saturday, according to ever-present Dominic Roma.
The Blues are due to welcome Blue Square Bet North rivals Harrogate Town to the Northolme for an FA Trophy first round clash.
Trinity full-back and former Harrogate man Roma says his team-mates will be going all out to dump his former side out of the competition at the first attempt.
"We see this as a very important game for Gainsborough Trinity," said Roma. "When all said and done we are five or six games away from Wembley and you don't need a bigger incentive than that.
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"There are only one or two players at Gainsborough who have played at Wembley so, for most of us, it is still a dream to play there.
"It's probably every footballer's dream to appear at Wembley in front of a big crowd. It's one of the finest football grounds in the world."
In just one season at the North Yorkshire club, Roma earned both the chairman's and manager's player of the season awards, despite playing half the season at right back and the other half at left back.
Roma, who has played in every Trinity match so far this season, is reminding his team-mates that Harrogate have been finding their best form during cup competitions this season.
"It's a good club, Harrogate, and they are doing well in cup competition," said the 26-year-old defender.
"Their squad has been strengthened this season and, although the league is their priority, they are looking to do well in the cups and they do seem to cause a few upsets so we have to be at our best.
"We played them earlier this season and could only draw with them at home, but I thought we dominated that game, but just couldn't take our chances on the day."
The former Sheffield United man believes Harrogate will see a different Gainsborough side this weekend and he claims the derby defeat against Boston United at the beginning of this month was a kick up the backside for the Trinity squad.
"We had been on a decent run before we played Boston, but then we lost," Roma added.
"No-one likes losing to your neighbours and I think it hit the boys a bit. It was a kick up the backside.
"Obviously we wanted to win that game, but we said afterwards, no-one wins or loses the league because of one match.
"The important thing was how we reacted to the defeat and I think we have reacted very well."
Following the Boston defeat, Trinity have drawn 1-1 with Hinckley in the FA Trophy, but won the replay 4-1 and then beat Bishop's Stortford 5-1 away in Blue Square Bet North last Saturday.
"In this league it is all about consistency and the boss Steve Housham wanted us to get back on a run as soon as possible," said Roma.
"Well, we have done that now. We are full of confidence and I think everyone is being pushed for a shirt.
"Every club needs to have strength in depth and here at Trinity it's not just a case of having someone there as cover. In the back of your mind we know there is someone who wants your place who can do just as well, if not better, so we are all having to perform."