Gainsborough Trinity progressed to the semi-final of the Lincolnshire FA County Cup on Saturday after their 4-1 win over the Lincoln City Academy side¬†standing in for Danny Cowley’s 1st team squad who were busy beating Millwall 1-0 in Portugal.

Holy Blues’ boss Dave Frecklington gave his thought on the match to SportsLinc’s Peter Hayward.

He said: ” I was pleased with Lincoln City’s Youth Team today. They put their hearts and souls into it. It would have been a travesty if we didn’t dominate possession. What a learning curve it is for their development.

“We asked our lads to play two-touch today. It’s something that we are trying to encourage because we’ve got good technical footballers at the club now. We have a lot of pace in the team. There’s been times in pre-season when we’ve had too many touches which gives the opposition a little bit of belief that they can nick things high up the pitch so it was important we played two-touch.

“When we didn’t, we started to get clamped on and started to get sloppy.

“As you saw we used the full width of the pitch today, used good movement off the ball.

“I was really pleased with our first half performance. I thought we could have gone in a lot more to the good but probably a bit of woeful finishing stopped that happening.

” We have Jonathan Williams who is technically very gifted. He’s played at this football club before. He was a big signing for us because he went down to learn his trade at Belper in the League I’ve come from.

“He distributes the ball really well and he is a set-piece king.

” A game like this breeds confidence and we want to establish¬†a winning mentality. That’s three wins out of four so far.

“We are getting to the situation now where we are starting to know what are strongest side is going to be.

“Players are having to step up now. We are looking somewhere near but we don’t want to peak too early.

“A lot of players are now standing up and staking a real big claim to be in that team on August 5th.”

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