Pinchbeck United welcomes Deeping Rangers to the United Counties League Northern Premier Division

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Pinchbeck United manager Lewis Thorogood praised his players’ commitment to the cause as the Knights aim for a second straight win on Saturday.

They welcome the Deeping Rangers to Sir Halley Stewart’s pitch and look to build on last week’s crucial victory over Selston.

The 2-1 away win pushed Pinchbeck out of the danger zone in the North Division of the United Counties Premier League.

The Deeping Rangers were winners 1-0 at home when they met Pinchbeck United earlier this season. (53767715)

And Thorogood felt that the success was only the reward for his players who have been united in their efforts through a series of difficult results and encounters.

He said: “The most important thing for me the last few weeks is the character of the group who want to stay together through everything that has happened.

“It would have been very easy for some of the biggest names on the team to move elsewhere, but they’re not ready to go.

“I hope they can continue to work with all their hearts and achieve the kind of performances like last weekend.

“It showed what we’re capable of doing because it was a gritty performance, similar to what we did against Heather St Johns earlier in the season.”

The Knights will face a team from Deeping this weekend who are on indifferent form that left them just six points above Pinchbeck in 13th place.

The Deeping Rangers were winners 1-0 at home when they met Pinchbeck United earlier this season.  (53767719)
The Deeping Rangers were winners 1-0 at home when they met Pinchbeck United earlier this season. (53767719)

Manager Daniel French was encouraged by his side’s performance in their 1-0 home loss to sixth-placed Heather St Johns on Saturday.

And he will be boosted by the return from suspension of skipper David Burton-Jones as well as the return of Robbie Ellis from injury before a crucial spell for the Clarets.

French said: “We have Pinchbeck, Holbeach and Sleaford in our next three games and we have to look at a good points return.

“If we can get some good points in Christmas, that will put us in a totally different situation in January.

“We’ve played a lot of tough games over the past six or seven weeks against players like Long Eaton, Gresley, Anstey, Loughborough and Heather.

“We’ve played five of the top six teams in the past two months, so the next six or seven games look better on paper, but we have to pull ourselves together a bit.

“There were a lot of positives from last Saturday even though at the end of the day we still lost the game.

“It was a whole different experience from the loss the weekend before and there is a lot more to do this week.”

The Clarets will be deprived of their lender Joe Burgess for Saturday’s game after his recall by Stamford.

Holbeach United are playing their first game under new boss Danny Clifton when they host Skegness Town at Carter’s Park.

Spalding United will be looking to bounce back from last week’s home loss to Yaxley when they travel to Loughborough Dynamo in the Midlands division of the Premier League North.




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