GAINSBOROUGH Trinity go up against the deadliest striker in the Conference North on Saturday without fear – because their own forwards are bang in form.
Front man Darryn Stamp insists the Blues can get a result against anyone at the minute, and with Steve Housham’s three strikers all banging in the goals, they’re proving a potent attacking force.
PhD student Stamp has bagged four goals in the last five games, alongside Dominic Knowles who has four in five and Paul Connor with three in five.
Between them, the trio have found the net 25 times this season, accounting for over 60 per cent of Gainsborough’s goals.
And while Stamp admits he wants to play every game, he isn’t adverse to competition for places up front.
“I welcome it to a certain extent, you don’t want to be playing because there’s no one else,” he said. “At the start of the season people were saying we needed more strikers, but at the moment it’s tough for Housh (Steve Housham, boss) because we’re all scoring.”
“At the moment whoever is playing is banging them in left, right and centre, all three of the main strikers are scoring goals, and we’ve got Brad to come back from injury too.”
“To be fair to Housh he’s always said if you’re performing then you’ll play games.”
“It’s been tough on Conns (Paul Connor) because he’s been scoring when he’s been playing, so it’s just about biding your time and waiting for your chance.”
The prolific nature of Trinity’s attack has helped them put together a great run of form, winning their last four and losing just once in 10 outings.
So ahead of an encounter with Altrincham and league top scorer Damian Reeves – who put four past the Blues earlier in the season – Stamp and his team-mates have every right to feel confident.
The Hull University sports science student said: “Everyone is always in a better mood when you’re winning games, everyone is upbeat at training even if they’re not playing, there’s a buzz about the place.”
“We’re winning games even when we aren’t playing our best at the moment, grinding our results. We fancy ourselves to beat anyone.”
“The loss to Altrincham in September was a bit out of the blue, it was a freaky game because we did well in the two previous games but were 4-0 down at half-time.”
“We won’t be thinking about that on Saturday, we’re in a great run of form and we’re confident we can beat anyone.”
Altrincham sit directly below Trinity in the Blue Square Bet North table in ninth position.
Striker Reeves has 22 goals to his credit this season from 22 starts.
The two sides met on 4th September on the Northolme, when the Robins won 4-2 in front of a crowd of 525.