We are all still fighting to stay in the league

Determined defender Greg Tempest insisted Gainsborough Trinity can win their National League North relegation fight, despite a four-goal defeat at promotion-chasing Chorley.

Gainsborough Trinity manager Dave Frecklington. Picture: Sarah Washbourn / www.yellowbellyphotos.com

Tempest, one of several new signings brought in by new manager Dave Frecklington, said: “Everyone thinks and knows we are going to stay in this league.

“Against Chorley was disappointing and at times we weren’t at the races.

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“But we are still fighting to stay in this league — and with the lads we have got in the changing room I think we will.

“The lads are gutted after a defeat, but the characters we have got (means we can stay up). Our minds are on the next game now.

“Obviously we have got to take it game by game. I have got a good feeling we can pick up points from the last games.

“It looks like it is between us and Worcester City. Hopefully we can come out on top.”

Despite the 4-0 defeat, Trinity did not fall further behind in the race to avoid the drop after relegation rivals Worcester lost 1-0 at Telford United. With five games remaining Trinity are three points from safety.

After a fairly even first 30 minutes at Chorley, manager Frecklington said his side fell apart.

Jason Walker prodded the home side in front nine minutes before half-time with Trinity appealing the ball had not crossed the line.

He struck twice again in the second half, either side of a Marcus Carver goal.

Walker’s hat-trick strike came from the penalty-spot 12 minutes from time after Trinity defender Matty Wilson was dismissed for his second yellow card in three minutes.

Tempest added: “It is not like we are not trying, we are putting in everything, our hearts and souls, into it. No one has given up.”