Gainsborough Trinity fell to a 4-2 loss at the hands of Peterborough Sports on Saturday afternoon in the third qualifying round for the FA Trophy.
Goals from Joshua Moreman, Paul Malone, Maniche Sani and an own goal from Trinity debutant Matt Baker was enough to knock the Holy Blues out of the FA Trophy at the first time of asking.
The Holy Blues with a threadbare squad, stretched to the limit, saw a recall for Declan Bacon and places on the bench for three of the fledgling U21s side, namely Scott Hutchinson, Brad Ronis and Taylor Karkach, the younger brother of former Trinity youngster Lynton.
Trinity began the match the sharpest of the two sides, with Bacon looking lively from the offset following his return from his loan spell at Mickleover FC.
Any Trinity momentum was quickly halted however, as the hosts took the lead after four minutes. The Turbines’ number 11 was able to meet a cross, from Dion Sembie Ferris, at the back post and fire home from close range to give his side an early lead.
Trinity then continued to look bright in the early stages of the match, however the Turbines were able to double their lead ten minutes later through defender Paul Malone.
Given time and space, Malone was able to turn in the box and beat Tom Jackson, low to the goalkeeper’s left.
Curtis Woodhouse’s side then managed to pull a goal back before half-time through captain, Simon Ainge.
His third goal in as many games was driven low into the corner and presented the Turbines’ keeper with very little chance.
Half-time – Peterborough Sports 2 Gainsborough Trinity 1.
The Holy Blues managed to pull back level early in the second half through AJ Greaves’ first goal of the season.
His strike in the 54th minute appeared to come out of nowhere as he raced away down the right, latching on to Keaton Ward’s clever ball, and flashed the ball into the goalkeeper’s left hand corner and into the net.
However, the Holy Blues’ hard work to pull back level was quickly undone when Sano Sani’s strike beat Tom Jackson two minutes after their equaliser.
Trinity failed to clear the ball and presented the Turbines with an opportunity to regain the lead which they capitalised on.
The home side then regained their two goal cushion following a quickly taken throw-in, in the 66th minute.
The ball was deflected off of the head of the Trinity debutant, Matt Baker, the ball looping over the head of the stranded Jackson and into the Trinity net.
Having fallen two behind, Woodhouse turned to his bench and blooded the young trio, handing a quarter of an hour to Hutchinson, who ran himself into the ground during his short cameo, giving the opposition little let up, while Karkach and Ronis both got ten minutes and will be better for their experience with the first team.
Full- time, Peterborough Sports 4 Gainsborough Trinity 2.