Shaymen got out of jail at Trinity - Lowe

Looking to get over the winning line: Danny Lowe
Looking to get over the winning line: Danny Lowe

It’s advantage Town after their dramatic fightback to claim a 2-2 draw in their Blue Square Bet North play off semi-final first leg at Gainsborough on Wednesday.

That’s the view of Danny Lowe who believes Trinity must have felt like they had been beaten at home having raced into a two goal lead inside the opening 12 minutes.

But while the defender believes the Shaymen have the upper hand, he knows they cannot lose their focus when Trinity visit West \Yorkshire for the second leg.

“I can’t wait,” said Lowe. “We were all buzzing in the changing room because we knew we had come back from the dead.

“If we had remained 2-0 down, Gainsborough could have come to the Shay and parked the bus.

“But we never give up - the season is only just starting.

“It was a massive get out of jail for us and it must feel like a defeat to them.

“At 2-0 up - and at home - they must have felt it was their big chance.

“It gives us massive confidence going into Sunday.

“But we still have to go and win it and we have to start like we played from 30 minutes onwards.”

Town were as poor in the opening quarter of Wednesday’s game as they have been all season.

Lowe said he could feel the home crowd lifting Trinity during that spell and has urged the Shay faithful to do the same for Town at the weekend.

“Before the game we said keep it tight but we got off to the worst possible start,” said Lowe.

“Two sloppy goals and it looked like we were out of the play offs after 12 minutes.

“Their crowd gave them a massive boost and they got the perfect start.

“When they went 1-0 up they obviously smelled blood and the crowd spurred them on.

“Hopefully the crowd at the Shay can do the same for us.”

Lee Gregory bagged a double - one late in the first half, the second midway through the second - to leave the tie all square going into Sunday’s game.

And Lowe said the comeback epitomised the fighting spirit that runs through the whole squad and beyond.

“Ever since I have been here and the manager has been here the players have believed,” he said.

“And the way we came back shows the character in the side.

“After 30 minutes we started to take control of the game.

“We got the goal back but half time came at a good time for them because we looked like we would get another.”

Town’s rally after a poor start reflected the season as a whole as they battled back from a sluggish start to make the top five.

“We had the worst possible start to the season but have gradually picked it up,” said Lowe.

“We are unbeaten in five and I think the performances have improved.

“We are doing a lot more attacking, getting the ball down the sides.”

Guiseley remain the favourites to clinch promotion from Blue Square Bet North the with league sponsors.

The Lions are rated as 11-10 to go up as they head into their semi-final second leg with Nuneaton on Sunday all square at 1-1.

The Shaymen are 2-1 to go up with Nuneaton and Gainsborough rated as 11-2 chances.