We were like lions against Barrow, says Gainsborough Trinity boss
Steve Housham likened his victorious squad to a pride of lions after they mauled Barrow in their FA Trophy quarter-final.
The Gainsborough Trinity boss sent out his side for their third FA Trophy meeting against higher level opposition on Tuesday evening.
And the outcome was the same as before, with many in the crowd unable to spot which team were in the Blue Bet Square Premier.
Trinity were out of the blocks like Usain Bolt, as the visitors from Cumbria were put to the sword in a dominant first-half display by the Blues.
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Two near identical goals came when Terry Hawkridge sent free-kicks into the danger area and found first Michael Leary and then Luke Waterfall.
"I enjoyed that," said Housham following the win.
"I am as proud as punch for the players because they ran themselves into the ground.
"We were like lions out there, massive hearts and we stood up to be counted.
"That was us being proud of what we want to achieve this season.
"We can do it against the better sides, we just have to get to grips with these lesser teams and try and perform week in week out.
"We have given the club and the town something to be proud of and we have given them a semi-final of a major cup competition to get involved with.
"And who knows what will happen over two legs."
Trinity thoroughly deserved their half-time lead, but Barrow contributed in full to an entertaining encounter in front of 785 supporters which braved the cold at the Northolme.
Just before the break, Adam Boyes had beaten Trinity keeper Jan Budtz with a side-foot shot, but the thankful keeper saw the effort cannon off the inside of the post and rebound into his arms.
"It's a funny score 2-0," said Housham.
"The pivotal moment was probably when Adam Boyes hit the post at the end of the first half.
"But they are not going to lay down and die and just give us the tie and they did make it difficult for us.
"We didn't just work hard for the last 15 minutes, we worked hard for the last 45 minutes.
"It was a tough second half, and we did sit a bit too deep.
"They never really broke us down and we restricted them to a few long-range shots mostly.
"They did hit the bar and the post, but overall I am delighted with our performance."
The Trinity boss is a former Bluebird himself, as is Trinity's assistant manager Lee Warren and Housham admitted to feeling a certain amount of sentiment towards the visitors.
"I had some sentimental ties with Barrow," he added.
"I had a great three years there and whoever won the quarter-final you would like them to go on and win the competition.
"They are a fantastic club, they had great support and I am glad to see them in the Conference Premier – long may that continue.
"But I had a job to do here tonight which was to get Gainsborough through to the next round and we have managed to do that.
"But now we have Droylsden on Saturday and we need three points to keep our place in the play-offs.
"But bring on the games, I don't agree with this talk of tiredness, my players just want to play football.
"There is that buzz around the place again that we had last season.
"I want every man and his dog to come and support us because we are doing the club proud and we are doing Gainsborough proud."