Gainsborough Trinity lost their final pre-season friendly of the 2020/21 season in a final work out at home to Lincolnshire neighbours, Boston United.
A goal in each half for the visitors was enough to see the higher ranked opponents past the Holy Blues, but a spirited second half fightback nearly saw Gainsborough snatch a draw at the death.
On twelve minutes, the deadlock was broken. Clever play on the right hand side of the Trinity box, saw the Boston man turn Simon Ainge, race to the by-line and square for veteran Paul Green, arriving late from midfield, to slot home into an unguarded goal.
It only took the visitors 17 seconds of the second period to double their advantage. Jay Rollins escaped down the right hand side and crossed for Jordan Burrows to dive full length, planting his header past the helpless Tom Jackson in the Trinity goal.
Undeterred, Trinity battled gamely, eventually getting a foothold in the game as they refused to lay down and surrender.
Ben Tomlinson didn’t give up and he capitalised on a defensive lapse, skipping between Peter Crook and Scott Garner to lift a sumptuous finish over the advancing ‘keeper to halve the deficit to 2-1.