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Leigh RMI 0 Gainsborough Trinity 0

By Matt Lawton
April 15 2006

RMI grabbed a vital point from a goal-less encounter against Gainsborough at Hilton Park, but it wasn't enough to lift them outside of the relegation zone. A rather uneventful game was played out in front of Hilton Park's lowest league crowd of the season for the fourth meeting of these sides this term. The last time the sides met was in the Third Qualifying Round of the FA Cup when RMI travelled to Gainsborough on a Tuesday evening where two early goals sent them out crashing out of the Cup in a replay after the original tie finished all square at Hilton Park.

Today's meeting never really got going as RMI failed to find the spark that has put them right back in to the frame for staying in Conference North, though that's understandable after last weekend's crushing defeat at home to Worcester, coming at a time when confidence was boosted hugely by a 3-1 victory at fellow strugglers Hednesford on the previous Monday.

RMI striker Alex Hay had the first chance of the game, latching on to a misplaced backpass but failing to take advantage early on before the visitors crept back in to the game, twice hitting the post within a matter of seconds as John Lamb's goal lived a charmed life.

The first half was marred by the tactics of the Gainsborough left winger as he tried to win a succession of debatable free kicks with what Didier Drogba may describe as "simulation", though thankfully the referee wasn't fooled on this occasion.

The second half saw RMI forced further back in to their own half, and a familar story took hold as it seemed it would only be a matter of time before the visitors took the lead.

However, John Lamb and his defence were made of sterner stuff than they were last week and managed to hold firm against the onslaught, allowing RMI to push further forward and get back in to the game.

With news filtering through that relegation rivals Worksop were leading in their game, RMI boss Andy Nelson increased his attacking options with the introduction of Steve Settle and Neil Smith from the substitutes bench, but it was to be to no avail and RMI had to settle for a point, which leaves them still sitting in the relegation zone although still level on points with Redditch who could only manage a 1-1 draw with basement side Hednesford, with just three games now remaining on a traumatic season for the club.

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