Trinity extend unbeaten run after magnificent win over AFC Telford

Gainsborough Trinity extended their unbeaten run to seven games after a brace from defender Michael Jacklin and a header by striker Bradley Wells gave the Holy Blues the spoils after they fought back in the second half to overcome AFC Telford 3-2.

Dave Frecklington’s men went 1-0 up after only 10 minutes when Michael Jacklin struck a left footer into the Telford net following a corner which the visitors failed to clear.

Telford’s first effort on goal followed 10 minutes later but Trinity keeper, Henrich Ravas was on hand to make the save.

Five minutes later the visitors hit the bar with a Marcus Dinanga strike.

The game was evenly poised but defensive uncertainty by the Holy Blues in the 36th minute allowed Telford back into it to make the score 1-1.

Telford began to look the more dangerous side and in the 46th minute took the lead with a 25-yard screamer from Jordan Lussey.

The crowd of just over 400 home fans were silenced by the goal as their team went in 2-1 down at the break.

Trinity started the second half in fighting mood and began to dominate.

On the 50 minute mark, a long throw found Bradley Wells whose powerful header made it 2-2.

Five minutes’ later, man of the match, Michael Jacklin once again proved his worth as a dangerman in the opposition box when he hit his second to make it 3-2 .

Telford began to apply the pressure but went down to 10 men when skipper Ross White was shown a straight red for a late tackle on Tom Davie.

Trinity could have increased their lead on 80 minutes but the Telford keeper made two excellent reaction saves to keep the final score 3-2 in favour of the Holy Blues.

Overall, the home side produced a performance full of spirit and endeavour mixed with a fair amount of quality.

The back five performed heroically to keep out the threat of a Telford comeback.

The win moves Dave Frecklington’s men up to 18th place in the National League North table, three points above the drop zone.

This Saturday, Trinity welcome seventh-placed Curzon Ashton to the Northolme.

Peter Hayward

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