Full-time: Vauxhall Motors 2 Gainsborough Trinity 1
Manager Steve Housham says his Saturday evening pint will be hard to swallow after a disappointing start to the new Skrill North season.
The Gainsborough Trinity boss, who was forced to spend the game in the stands due to a suspension, saw his side slip to an opening day 2-1 defeat at Vauxhall Motors.
The Blues seemed to be void of ideas and application in a first half display which Housham says was not acceptable.
"They (Vauxhall) were excellent in the first half, but we let them be excellent," said Housham.
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"The work rate, our passing, it was no-where in the first half. We gave it a go in the second half, but we can't perform like we did in the first half, it's not acceptable.
"For most of pre-season we have worked hard on closing people down. You give teams that much time, like we have today and teams will pass it around you.
"The players have set their standards during pre-season and a lot of them were well below that today. Tonight will hurt. If they are sat at home with a beer tonight, they'll need a knife and fork because it will be so hard to swallow."
Despite a bright opening, it all went wrong for Trinity. Bradley Barraclough almost put them ahead after just six minutes, when Simon Russell found him in the Vauxhall area. But his first time shot was saved down low by Zac Jones.
But the home side's fortunes improved as the rain came. Ellams' free-kick was superbly saved by Phil Barnes, but it was a warning of the quality the midfielder possesses, when minutes later he turned and fired into the top corner from the edge of the area.
A disjointed Trinity rarely threatened as the half went on and the home side doubled their lead five minutes from the half time break.
This time it was Karl Noon who beat Barnes from distance with a superbly flighted chip from 25 yards out.
The second half was a non-event in terms of quality until substitute Darryn Stamp found the roof of the net on 60 minutes.
His introduction, along with that of Liam Davis, brought up the tempo and also brought Trinity a goal after 78 minutes.
Former Brigg Town man Davis hooked the ball into the top corner with his back to goal as Trinity staged a late charge.
Leary, Barraclough and Stamp all tried their luck but the home side held on for three points … and Trinity’s season was off to a disappointing start.