Report: Colls 0-1 Gainsborough

An early second half was the difference as Gainsborough Trinity defeated the Colls 1-0 thanks to a Declan Howe goal.

In a nondescript first 15 minutes, neither team could fashion a real clear-cut chance to break the deadlock, although the hosts dominated possession.

The first chance for either team fell for Colls, a Luke Thompson cross found captain Lewis Mansell who laid the ball back to prolific forward Enock Lusiama to pull his effort wide.

This chance galvanised Trinity who had the best chance of the half, forward Dayle Southwell struck the post after a free kick was floated in from the left.

The final chance of an otherwise uneventful first half fell to Jordan Scanlon. A speculative ball forward was corralled by Mansell, whose hold up play allowed the midfielder to collect the ball and strike low forcing a great save from Dylan Wharton.

Little over five minutes into the second half the deadlock was broken as Howe was caught by Colls debutant Tom Donaghy which resulted in a penalty for Trinity.

Donaghy denied Howe from the spot only for the rebound to find Trinity’s top goalscorer to give them the lead.

The game lulled after Howe’s opener until ten minutes before the end as Atherton Collieries defender Mo Ali delivered an inch perfect ball to the Colls captain Mansell who was well denied by Wharton who remained imperious in the Trinity goal.