The Non-League Football Paper - - FA VASE 2ND ROUND - By Hugo Var­ley

AT the turn of the year, Gains­bor­ough Trin­ity had never been pro­moted or rel­e­gated in their en­tire 145-year his­tory – all that has now changed.

Trin­ity’s slide from Na­tional League North to the Evo-Stik Pre­mier last year put a neg­a­tive blot on their proud but unique his­tor­i­cal feat.

Now, how­ever, man­ager Lee Sin­nott is deter­mined to set­tle the score and is con­fi­dent that his side are more than ca­pa­ble of com­pet­ing at the sum­mit of the North­ern Pre­mier League this year.

A solid start to the cam­paign has been marred some­what by re­cent de­feats against Staly­bridge Celtic, South Shields and Scar­bor­ough Ath­letic, but Sin­nott says his team have what it takes to re­cover and make a charge back to where he be­lieves they be­long.

“We want to re­turn to the Na­tional League North as soon as pos­si­ble,” he told The NLP.

“It was an ex­tra­or­di­nary stat that the club had not been pro­moted or rel­e­gated dur­ing their en­tire 145-year his­tory be­fore last sea­son, so we made a bit of his­tory that I would rather not have done.

“I am an am­bi­tious per­son and get­ting rel­e­gated hurt a lot but we have had to dust our­selves down and push to put things right.”

The Trin­ity chief quickly got to work on a squad over­haul over the sum­mer, bring­ing in val­ued ex­pe­ri­ence such as goal­keeper Jon Stew­art, de­fender Joe Maguire and striker Ross Han­nah.

This week, the boss dipped into the trans­fer mar­ket again to bring in for­mer Don­caster mid­fielder Harry Mid­dle­ton to the Northolme, and he re­mains con­fi­dent the squad is com­ing to­gether.

Sin­nott added: “There was no use feel­ing sorry for our­selves be­cause the im­me­di­ate weeks af­ter the sea­son fin­ishes are some of the most im­por­tant weeks of the year as it is a time when the ma­jor­ity of play­ers tend to be­come avail­able.

“I was very pleased with how our sum­mer trans­fer busi­ness went. I kept hold of about a third of the squad from last sea­son and I think we have man­aged to im­prove in ar­eas that pos­si­bly let us down a lit­tle bit last year.

“The squad is con­stantly evolv­ing though and you can’t sit still – I am al­ways on the look­out for new tal­ent that will im­prove the team.”

Sin­nott has tasted pre­vi­ous suc­cess at this level, guid­ing Fars­ley Celtic to pro­mo­tion from the North­ern Pre­mier League back in 2006, be­fore help­ing The Vil­lagers reach the Con­fer­ence in the very next sea­son.

But he has warned that pro­mo­tion will not be easy, in­sist­ing the qual­ity of the North­ern Pre­mier League has stepped up sig­nif­i­cantly over the past decade.

“There is no ques­tion it is of a far higher stan­dard than it was a few years ago,” the ex-Al­trin­cham boss said. “You used to be able to nar­row down the teams that will be in con­tention at the top of the ta­ble to around four or five but now there are lots and lots of sides that are ca­pa­ble of win­ning pro­mo­tion.

“The teams are stronger and the foot­ball is bet­ter, but I am con­fi­dent we can rise to the chal­lenge.

“We have taken a bit of time to adapt, but no­body has got away from us yet and we are still very much in con­trol of our own des­tiny. If we keep work­ing hard then I hope that we will be there or there­abouts.”

DETER­MINED: Gains­bor­ough Trin­ity boss Lee Sin­nott

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