For the third game in a row the Pitmen face a new side at this level when tomorrow afternoon sees us welcome Gainsborough Trinity to Keys Park.
Trinity were relegated from the National League North last season and have picked up three points from their opening two games back at this level following their 2-0 success over Mickleover Sports in the week.
For ourselves we come into this fixture on the back of an excellent 2-1 triumph at Basford United at the start of the week.
Manager Rob Smith was looking for his team to pick up from where they left off on Monday evening.
“Tomorrow we welcome Lee Sinnott and his Gainsborough Trinity side to Keys Park. I know he had a difficult end to last season with relegation, but as with Scarborough last weekend he has a side full of Conference North quality and they will be looking to bounce straight back this season.
“Last weekend we fell to a narrow defeat against Scarborough and we were all very disappointed. However, this was followed up by a great result at Basford on Monday and the most pleasing thing for me is we showed great character to hold firm and come away with a fantastic three points. Hopefully this will now see us relax a little and play with more freedom.”
Smith will be without midfielder Jermain Hollis, who serves the final game of a three-match ban, while striker Tom Hill is also missing out due to holiday. The manager will also have to assess the fitness of midfielders Jed Davies and Charley Edge, both of whom have sat out fixtures in the last week.
Ahead of, and during, tomorrow’s game a bucket collection is being held by long time supporter Neal Smith as he prepares to undertake a gruelling cycle ride from London to Brighton for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund. Please do give any loose change that you can spare to this good cause.
The game kicks-off at the usual time of 3pm and we look forward to your support at Keys Park as we look to start the Bank Holiday off on the front foot.
Car Park Update
As supporters will have seen work continues to take place on the approach road and car park at Keys Park. Please also allow plenty of extra time for your journey to the ground due to the traffic lights on Keys Park Road.
A new rolled stone car park has been completed at the Heath Hayes End of the ground and this will bring an extra 53 car parking spaces in addition to the current tarmac car park outside the entrance of the ground.
Meanwhile traveling coaches will be parked on Sunflex ltd in order to free up space on the main car park.
We can only apologise for the continuing disruption as Taylor Wimpey continue to bring the car park up to its 251-space design capacity by end of September as announced previously.