Second-half goals confirm Eastwood’s relegation

Gainsborough Trinity v Eastwood Town. Trinity player Michael Leary and Town player Mitch Hanson G120324-6e
Gainsborough Trinity v Eastwood Town. Trinity player Michael Leary and Town player Mitch Hanson G120324-6e

EASTWOOD’S relegation was officially sealed on Saturday as play-off hopefuls Gainsborough laboured to victory in the Lincolnshire sunshine.

Blue Square Bet North

GAINSBOROUGH TRINITY 2

Jon D’Laryea 72

Matt Godden 82

EASTWOOD TOWN 0

by Mark Duffy

EASTWOOD’S relegation was officially sealed on Saturday as play-off hopefuls Gainsborough laboured to victory in the Lincolnshire sunshine.

The hosts made heavy weather of it, a youthful Badgers squad holding firm until the last 20 minutes when an old friend and a lively substitute finally did the damage.

In fact, Gainsborough had a glorious chance to open the scoring in only the sixth minute and it came from the penalty spot.

Danny Elliott brought down Michael Leary as he entered the penalty area, but Paul Connor’s low effort from 12 yards was well pushed away by keeper Sam Andrew diving to his left.

Had it gone in the floodgates could have opened but Trinity were to be continually frustrated.

Luke Holden curled an effort too high following the resulting corner, before Connor went close again on 13 after turning inside on the edge of the penalty area and shooting just too high.

Eastwood weren’t offering too much but Jevaise Christie nearly found himself in on goal following Alex Troke’s through ball before Luke Waterfall intervened, and their next chance came on 28 when Mitch Hanson found space on the edge of the penalty area but hit a soft shot straight at Jason White in goal.

Leary volleyed too high when in a good position after fine work down the right by Connor on 32 minutes, while at the other end Jake Green had a good run at the Trinity defence before screwing the ball across goal where Christie was unable to profit at the far post.

After a satisfyingly goalless first-half from Eastwood’s point of view, Ryan Kendall was first to threaten in the second-half when he did well to find space in the penalty area before firing an effort straight at the legs of Andrew.

Andrew was again equal to a low shot, this time from sub Leon Mettam, while at the other end Green was still causing problems for the hosts and a chipped cross-cum-shot wwas was into the arms of White.

But the goal finally arrived for the hosts on 72 and it was a familiar face who scored it. Sub Matt Godden did well down the left as he beat off the attentions of two defenders, and when he pulled the ball across Jon D’Laryea’s low first-time shot from the edge of the penalty area found the corner of the net.

It was 2-0 11 minutes later, as Godden turned from creator to scorer by heading home Jonathan Williams’ free-kick, though Mettam tried to claim the final touch as the ball went over the line.

Badgers sub Wes Henry hit a shot straight at White as the visitors tried to salvage some pride and Godden shot wide when through on goal in injury-time, but the win, and Eastwood’s fate, was sealed.

Eastwood: 1 Sam Andrew 2 Kallum Keane 3 Sam Benjamin 4 Richard Cooper (Gregg Simmons 60) 5 Gavin Caines 6 Ashley Noble 7 Jake Green 8 Mitch Hanson 9 Jevaise Christie (Wes Henry 82) 10 Danny Elliott 11 Alex Troke

Subs not used: Josh Raven, Tyler Witton

Att: 471