This week the Shaymen look to build on their home victory against Stalybridge by continuing their form on the road at Gainsborough Trinity. One individual they can look out for on their visit is a familiar opponent from last season.
Gavin Rothery signed for Trinity in the summer having spent six successful seasons at Guiseley, and was an integral part of the side that secured safety on the final day of the 2015/16 National League season.
The Morley-born midfielder was initially a Leeds United academy product, and first featured in a Whites’ matchday squad in the 2004/05 season against Rotherham. Having signed a new deal with Leeds and broken into the England Under-19 setup alongside the likes of Theo Walcott, Rothery then suffered an injury to his ankle, requiring reconstruction surgery. Sadly, this proved the end of his prospects at Leeds and he was released at the end of the 2007/08 campaign.
After stepping into non-league with York City and then Harrogate Town, Rothery was offered a trial with Carlisle United. Having made a handful of appearances for the Lancashire outfit in League One, a spell including some time on loan at Barrow, the midfielder left and joined Guiseley in 2010.
It was here at Nethermoor that Rothery discovered his true potential, with six years of service making a host of appearances. Also impressive for a midfielder at National League North level was his goalscoring ratio, a league record of roughly one in four games. Rothery helped his team stay in the highest tier of non-league – unfortunately at the Shaymen’s expense – at the end of last season, before signing for his current club Gainsborough.
An astute player whose injuries may well have prevented something special, Rothery will certainly be a player for the Shaymen to keep tabs on come Tuesday night.
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