Roma: '˜This club means the world to me'

Gainsborough Trinity manager Dom Roma celebrated his 200th league appearance for the club in Saturday's 1-1 draw with AFC Telford.

Trinity boss Dom Roma. Picture: Sarah Washbourn.

Long servent Roma made a rare start for the Blues, crossing over the white line to help his young side claim a point at the home of one of their Conference North rivals.

And, while pleased with the reaction of his players after a New Year’s Day defeat at home to Boston United, Roma said reaching the landmark ‘meant the world’ to him.

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Roma said: “It was my first game for about six months. I felt fine after the first 20 minutes, I needed to get the cobwebs out of the way, but I feel good.

“I’ve been itching to get back in because this club means a lot to me. This is my sixth season here now, (Saturday) was my 200th league appearance - it means the world to me. I’ve shown a lot of loyalty to this football club. I want to make sure we kick on up the league. A few years ago I could have followed other players out the door for a lot more money.

“You probably get to a stage in your career where you have a lot of affection for, this is that club for me. It’s the longest I’ve ever stayed at a football club.

“If I can keep playing and improving on my performance and give some organisation to the team then that’s what I’m going to do because I’m not going to let us get dragged in to anything.”

And added: “We’ve got 18 games left now, we’ve picked up a point away from home and we just need to keep performing.”

Trinity travel to rock-bottom Altrincham this coming Saturday (January 14) who have won just once all season and picked up only two points from a possible 36 at home.

“There are plenty of positives for us. We’ve got players who can hurt teams,” said Roma.