County take on Gainsborough Trinity in another crucial National League North fixture, Jim Gannon’s players travel to Lincolnshire knowing that a win could see them move back into the play-offs with only four matches to go.
With Scott Duxbury’s illness making him unlikely for selection this weekend, defender Max Cartwright has been recalled to the squad from his loan at Ashton United. Cartwright hasn’t featured for The Hatters since early 2017 but could go straight into the starting XI after his impressive loan spell at the Evo-Stik Premier side.
Chris Smalley is also a doubt after confirmation that he has been playing with a foot fracture. The former Kendal defender could miss out this weekend with Ryan Ellison or Mark Ross likely to fill the void in central defence.
Up top, Josh Amis could return to the match-day squad after injury ruled the big striker out of the previous two matches. Elsewhere, Danny Lloyd is fit and will go in search of his 27th goal after calling on his teammates to focus as the season draws to its conclusion.
Gainsborough Trinity Football Club was formed in 1873 as Trinity Recreationists, set up by the vicar of the Holy Trinity Church for young parishioners. They have been members of the National League North since its creation in 2004 but are currently fighting to retain that status this season.
Trinity play at The Northolme ground, which has a capacity of 4,304 with around 500 of that seated. Their record attendance came over a century ago when 5,600 witnessed Gainsborough beat Chelsea 3-1 in 1911.
This season, The Holy Blues have been averaging just short of 600 supporters at home, although over 1000 did attend their game with local rivals Boston United in January.
Trinity are ten matches without a victory and have dropped into the bottom three as a result of their poor form in 2017. In fact, you have to look all the way back to October to find the last Gainsborough home win (3-2 against Tamworth). A win, on the other hand, could see The Holy Blues move out of the danger zone and leap-frog Worcester City.
The game is almost as big an occasion for The Hatters, and after faltering slightly at Edgeley Park last week, Jim Gannon will be hoping for a strong response as they look to pick up maximum points from the remaining five matches.
On form, County currently sit fifth and remain unbeaten since their defeat to Kidderminster in February, and with a favourable run-in compared to their play-off rivals, it’s all to play for despite The Hatters presently sitting outside the top five.
The Gainsborough Martin & Co Arena, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, DN21 2QW