Being in the National League North since its inception in 2004, Gainsborough Trinity are next on our list of opposition for the 2016/17 season.\r\n\r\nThe club was established in 1873 as Trinity Recreationists by Reverend George Langton Hodgkinson, the vicar at the Holy Trinity Church.\r\n\r\nIn 1889 the club were founder members of the Midland League, which they won in 1890–91. Trinity finished as runners-up the following season and again in 1895–96.\r\n\r\nIn 1896 the club applied for membership of the Football League, and were elected after finishing third in the ballot, ahead of existing members Port Vale and Crewe Alexandra.\r\n\r\nThe club applied to join the Football League again in 1975 and 1976, but received only a single vote on each occasion.\r\n\r\nWhen the Northern Premier League added a second division in 1987, Trinity were placed in the Premier Division, where they remained until becoming founder members of the Conference North in 2004.\r\n\r\nIn 2011–12 the club finished fourth, qualifying for the promotion play-offs. After beating Halifax Town in the semi-finals, Trinity lost the final 1–0 to Nuneaton Town.\r\n\r\nIn 2012–13 the club reached the semi-finals of the FA Trophy for the first time, losing to eventual winners Wrexham.\r\n\r\nTaking over from Steve Housham for the 2016/17 season, Trinity will be player-managed by Dominic Roma, an experienced defender at National League North level having made over 150 appearances for Gainsborough.\r\n\r\nRoma has played in the Football League for Sheffield United and Boston United, and there is no doubting his nous and experience will help Gainsborough move on up the table.\r\n\r\nLeading the line for Trinity once again this season will be the ever-prolific and experienced finisher Nathan Jarman.\r\n\r\nJarman has been a thorn in the side of National League North defences for years having scored goals for North Ferriby United, Chester and Alfreton Town.\r\n\r\nIt isn’t just experience at this level that Jarman brings though, as he has also turned out for Barnsley and Grimsby at stages in his career.\r\n\r\nThe last meeting between the two sides, at Northolme, was a memorable one as the Tigers trailed 3-1 with less than five minutes to go.\r\n\r\nHowever, thanks to a man of the match performance off the bench by Luke Hopper scoring twice, the Tigers managed to nick a point at the death that went a long way to securing National League North safety once again.\r\n\r\nGames between the two sides have a habit of late goals. In 2015 the Tigers looked well on their way to securing all three points thanks to a brace by Nick Wright but it was heartbreak for City, as two Darryn Stamp goals in the last four minutes meant the points were shared.\r\n\r\nOf the 12 other times the two sides have met, the Tigers don’t enjoy the best of records, having only come out on top against Trinity three times.\r\n\r\nCity will be looking to amend this poor record starting at our first home game of the 2016/17 season at Whaddon Road on Saturday 13 August.
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